The main subject of the Swiss Guinean photographer Namsa Leuba (1982) is the African identity that she questions with her Western eyes. Namsa Leuba creates an imaginary visual that explores the signs and symbols of its cultural heritage by working on documentary, fashion and performance. Hangar Art Center presents her Weke series for the first time in its entirety.
This series of photographs, executed in Republic of Benin, place of birth of voodoo, imagine narratives that are inspired by the local animist traditions of voodoo religion. Voodoo cosmology is based on the idea that spirits govern the natural and human world, and religious practices incorporate ceremonies that communicate with mythical gods.
In the work of Namsa Leuba, the staging of human figures erases the sacred side of voodoo ceremonies and gives rise to images close to Western aesthetics and tastes. Shapes, colors, objects and patterns are assembled to create subtle and intelligent photos.
Namsa Leuba – Weke
7 septembre – 6 octobre , 2018
Hangar Art Center
18, Place du Châtelain
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