Ms Leuba was born in 1982 in Neuchâtel and grew up with two cultures: her mother is Guinean and her father is Swiss. For the past few years, the artist has been exploring African identity through Western eyes. As a child she learned about her African roots from her mother, discovering the Malinké language, animistic culture, and ritual customs.
Her spectacularly-beautiful photos flirt with the unexpected and reveal the aesthetic potential of animistic religious rites. Her approach is to remove sacred statuettes from their religious context to immortalise them in a Western framework.
In 2012, she was awarded the New York School of Visual Arts Photo Global prize in Hyères, France for her work. Her growing fame led to collaborations with numerous magazines such as Vice, Wallpaper, New York Magazine, Interview, and i-D.
For her collaboration with Christian Lacroix, Ms Leuba staged this new fashion collection, with its subtle African accents, in formal compositions full of mystic energy. Sacha Walckhoff is the lookbook’s artistic director. The collection will be available from July in the Christian Lacroix boutique at Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris.
See all the photos of the collection at: http://christian-lacroix.com/eng/collections/1_homme/45_automne_hiver_16_17
And for news about Namsa Leuba, visit: http://www.namsaleuba.com/
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