8 November 2016 - 10 January 2017

Art Twenty One is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Swiss-Guinean artist Namsa Leuba entitled Ethnomodern, November 5, 2016-January 10, 2017. As the first large-scale solo exhibition of Leuba’s work, this exhibition brings together the artist’s diverse photographic practice that spans documentary, fashion and performance.


Ethnomodern will include multiple projects executed over the last five years that highlight the artist’s complex visual language. Leuba’s seminal series, Ya Kala Ben, explores ritual artifacts and statuettes that are common to the cosmology of Guineans in their ceremonial structure. Namsa Leuba transforms these objects through performative images with members of the local community, reenacting their symbols. In the Zulu Kids series, Leuba worked with children in the Zulu communities in Kwala Zulu Natal and Soweto in South Africa. Namsa Leuba creates staged photographs that blend the characters, landscapes and traditions of diverse African cultures. While the series references statuettes, with the children posing.




Namsa Leuba (Switzerland, b. 1982) studied photography at ECAL, University of Art and Design Lausanne, and obtained a Masters in Art Direction at ECAL. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, including I-D, Numéro, KALEIDOSCOPE, Foam, Interview, Vice Magazine, New York Magazine, Wallpaper, Libération, British Journal of Photography, and European Photography.


In 2010, Leuba won First Prize at the Planches Contact Festival in Deauville, France. In 2012, Leuba was awarded the PhotoGlobal Prize at the Photography Festival in Hyères. She was the winner of the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Festival in 2013. Namsa Leuba has participated in recent exhibitions including Photoquai in Paris, France; Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; Lumieres d’Afrique in Paris, France and Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Off Print at the Tate Modern, London; Nataal: New African Photography at Redhook Labs, Brooklyn; Africa Reframed in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Athens Photo Festival in Athens, Greece. In October 2016, Art Twenty One will present a solo exhibition of Namsa Leuba in Lagos, Nigeria. Leuba lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland