Namsa Leuba

Namsa Leuba , Cocktail Series
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Namsa Leuba was born in 1982 to a Guinean mother and a Swiss father. During the past four years her research has focused on African identity through Western eyes. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Art at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, including I-D, Numéro, KALEIDOSCOPE, Foam, Interview, Vice Magazine, New York Magazine, Libération, British Journal of Photography, and European Photography. Namsa Leuba has also received notable international acclaim. In 2010, the jury of the photography festival Planche(s) Contact of Deauville in Switzerland, chaired by Bettina Rheims, awarded her the first prize. This gave her the opportunity to do an exhibition in Deauville. In 2011, I’ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne) awarded her a degree with excellent distinction for her project carried out in Conakry, Guinea. This production, called Ya Kala Ben also received the BCV award. Most significantly, during the 2012 Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyères, she was awarded the PhotoGlobal Prize, which enabled her to spend one year in NY. In 2013, Namsa Leuba was one of winners of the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward festival – Emerging Photographers in United States.

Recent exhibitions include That Art Fair Cape Town (2015), the Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria (2014), Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Canada (2014), Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea (2014), and Fotofestival’s main exhibition Haute Africa, alongside Martin Parr, Viviane Sassen, Wangechi Mutu, and others, Belgium (2014), Art 21, Lagos (2015), Saatchi Gallery, London (2015), Photo Quai – Quai Branly Museum, Paris (2015), Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design – Vitra, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2015).


Khoi San

The Kingdom Of Mountains
Zulu Kids

i-D Bauhda



The African Queens

Ya Kala Ben

What We Want

Happy Polish

V.U.C.A. Magazine

Deauville 2011





Lumière d’Afrique, bibliothèque national, Abidjan (CI)
Mmabatho, University of Fribourg (CH)
The Armory Show Art Fair, Art Twenty One, New York (US)
Cape Town Art Fair, COMMUNE.1 (ZA)
But he doesn’t have anything on!, COMMUNE.1 , Cape Town (ZA)


Pierre de Croix, Lausanne (CH)
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London (UK)
Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design – Vitra Design Museum, Weil am
Rhein (D); Guggenheim Bilbao (E)
Tokyo International Photography Festival (JP)
Photo Quai – Quai Branly Museum, Paris (FR)
START art fair, Saatchi gallery, London (UK)
Haut les masques!, QG, La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH)
Elsewhere, Lagos (NG)
That Art Fair, Kapstadt (SA)
The African Renaissance, London (UK)


700 kg, Maad ecal & TONK – Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Lausanne (CH)
Nicolas Hayek Center, Swatch Group, Tokyo (JP)
LagosPhoto, International art festival of photography, Lagos (NG)
Daegu photo biennale, Daegu (KR)
FNB JoburgArtFair, Cocktail, Johannesburg (ZA)
L’Oreal Zentrale, Cocktail, Paris (FR)
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto (CA)
Haute Africa, Fotofestival (with Martin Parr, Viviane Sassen, Yinka Shonibare, Jodi
Bieber, Wangechi Mutu, Zanele Muholi and anderen), Knokke Heist (BE)
Fashioning Africa, The African Queens, MOAD Museum of African Design (with Daniele
Tamaguni, Laduma Ngxokolo and others), Johannesburg (ZA)


ECAL Photography, Galleria Corso Como, Mailand (IT)
ECAL Photography, Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris (FR)
„Ya Kala Ben“, Lagos Photo festival, Lagos (NG)
FETISHISM IN FASHION, selection of Ya Kala Ben, M°BA Mode biennale Arnhem,9 June 21 – July 2013, (NL)


The Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward Festival – Emerging Photographers, Boston (US)
Hors-champs, MEN Musée d’Ethnographie de Neuchâtel (with Philippe Geslin, Ataa Oko, Lisl Ponger, Jon Rafman), Neuchâtel (CH)
APhF: 12th Athens Photo Festival (with Stefano De Luigi, Stephen Dupont, Nicola Lo
Calzo, Anders Petersen and others), Athen (GR)
„Ya Kala Ben“, C&D Book Show, Brighton (UK), Helsinki (FI)
One of the 5 finalists presented during Art Basel 43, POPCAP’12, (CH)
LAST AND FIRST MEN (with Vincent Chevillon and Jan Crombie), London (UK)
Dummy Award for „Ya Kala Ben“, MIA Milan Image Art Fair, Mailand (IT)
Selected to be part of the 27th Festival International de Mode et de Photographie
Dummy award for „Ya Kala Ben“, Foto book festival, Paris (FR)
Salone internazionale del mobile, selection of work bachelor and master of ECAL, Lausanne (CH)


Planche(s) contact, (with David Amstrong, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, Massimo Vitali, Lars Tunbjörk), Deauville (FR)
L’elac, espace lausannois d’art contemporain, selection of work bachelor and master of ECAL, Lausanne (CH)


Planche(s) contact (with Charles Fréger, Lise Sarfati and 6 students from ECAL), Deauville (FR)


New works old carpet (with Stephan Burger and 19 students from ECAL), Longemall, Lausanne (CH)