Crossed Looks features Leuba’s major projects to date, including photography series in Guinea, South Africa, Nigeria, Benin, and the debut of a new series recently made in Tahiti. The monograph consider how Leuba’s photographic practice explores the representation of African identity and the cultural Other in the Western imagination.
Over 100 photographs inspired by the visual culture and ceremonies of West Africa, contemporary fashion and design, and the history of photography and its colonizing gaze present Leuba’s unique perspective that straddles reality and fantasy. Through the adaptation of myths attributed to the Other, Leuba’s photographs acknowledge this double act of looking, a cross-dialogue of global cultures.
The book features essays by Joseph Gergel, Emmanuel Iduma and Mary Trent which examine the nuanced themes of identity and representation in Leuba’s multiple bodies of work.
Book Specs: Crossed Looks by Namsa Leuba published by Damiani September 2021 | Text by Joseph Gergel, Emmanuel Iduma, Mary Trent | ISBN: 9788862087520 | Language: English | Pages: 176 | Illustrations: 132 | Binding: Softcover with flaps. Available here.
Exhibition: Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina on August 27 – December 11, 2021.
Artist Talk: Namsa Leuba in conversation with guest curator Joseph Gergel for the exhibition Crossed Looks. (Youtube)
Namsa Leuba (b. 1982) is a Swiss-Guinean photographer and art director. Leuba studied photography at ECAL, University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, and obtained a Masters in Art Direction at ECAL.
Leuba has participated in international exhibitions including Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; Africa Reframed at Øksnehallen in Copenhagen, Denmark; Daegu Photo Biennale in Daegu, Korea; the Athens Photo Festival in Athens, Greece; Photoquai in Paris, France; LagosPhoto Festival in Lagos, Nigeria; and a performance in Off Print at the Tate Modern, London. In 2018, Leuba was featured in the group exhibition African State of Mind at New Art Exchange, London and held a solo exhibition at the Hangar Art Center, Brussels.
Namsa Leuba lives and works between Switzerland and France.