We asked fall 2021 intern Sarah to complete one of the "Questions for Viewing" from our teaching packet for Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks. She chose a question that asks viewers to translate a visual work into a written description then see if a friend can find the piece you are describing.
Here are Sarah's description is below. Why don’t you try it for yourself? You can see this activity and all the other writing prompts by clicking here. Even if you can’t make it into our galleries to do this activity, you can still see Crossed Looks by checking out the virtual exhibition! READ WHOLE POST [+]
We asked fall 2021 intern Sarah to complete a couple of the "Questions for Viewing" from our teaching packet for Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks. She chose a question that asks viewers to imagine a conversation between two works of art and one that asks viewers to pose as a photograph subject and imagine their feelings.
Below are Sarah's answers. Why don’t you try it for yourself? You can see this activity and all the other writing prompts by clicking here. Even if you can’t make it into our galleries to do this activity, you can still see Crossed Looks by checking out the virtual exhibition! READ WHOLE POST [+]
We asked fall 2021 intern Sarah to complete a writing activity from our teaching packet for Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks. She chose the Collage activity. This is an image of Sarah's collage. Why don’t you try making one as well! You can see this activity and all the other writing prompts by clicking here. Even if you can’t make it into our galleries to do this activity, you can still see Crossed Looks by checking out the virtual exhibition! READ WHOLE POST [+]
Namsa Leuba produced the series Next Generation Lagos during her artist residency in Nigeria in 2015, and the works show off the vibrant, powerful, and creative youth culture within the city of Lagos. Leuba captured the energy of the city of Lagos, or as she affectionately refers to it as “Lagos-chaos”. This series Next Generation Lagos explores Leuba’s interest and exquisite eye for fashion photography. The bright colors help pay homage to traditional textiles worn in Lagos; however, their design and fluidity help pave the way for the Next Generation (of) Lagos to feel more freedom in their dress and break free from traditional norms and stigmas. In Lagos, men and women have been following a specific dress conventions featuring loose-fitted vibrant textiles. Men would have short hair, women would have long hair, and women are the only ones who wear makeup. The series Next Generation Lagos breaks cultural norms and offers a new way of self-expression that loosely pays homage to tradition. Specifically, within the series, the piece Emmanuel II, from 2015, the man pictured follows the tradition with bright colors and loose-fitting clothing. However, his face has face paint and makeup, and he breaks the traditional style of dress and wears westernized formal attire. The youth of Lagos broke the established Nigerian boundaries of fashion, and through their studio portraits, Leuba captures their innovation and determination. READ WHOLE POST [+]
Illusions is Namsa Leuba’s newest series made during her two-year stay in Tahiti, photographing her relationships with community members. The series explores the fetishization of the Other in Western society, particularly within art and media.
In tandem with Leuba’s other work, Illusions explores the Western tendency to see other cultures as the Other. Gauguin’s paintings of Tahiti depicted images of indigenous women naked or ‘exotic’ for Western viewers, further othering the Tahitian people. Many times, Western viewers do not see the cultural history present that is recognizable iconography to many African people in Leuba’s work, sometimes mistaking it as simply fashion editorials. READ WHOLE POST [+]
Though I truly believe that this is a wonderful and very impressive exhibition, the first photo to really stand out to me however, was Koos, from the series Khoisan. There is something very mythical about this piece and all together I think the body of work contains a very folkloric essence to it, delving upon African lore and legend. Within this work, Namsa experiments with anachronistic costumes and environments, seeking to subvert the traditional and Western perceptions of African Culture. READ WHOLE POST [+]
Inspired by the Ndebele culture located in Northeastern South Africa, Namsa Leuba’s Ndebele Patterns photographic series is a distorted and unrecognizable representation of the Ndebele wall paintings that originate as far back as the 18th century. The patterns painted by this culture have immense symbolism for the people who create them, with each color, line, and shape having specific meanings. These meanings range from self-identity and prayers to emotions and marriages. READ WHOLE POST [+]
What viewers of art director and photographer Namsa Leuba’s works see is the culmination of her upbringing and experiences. It is her uncommon dual citizenship that has exposed her to two differing cultures that allows us to observe her eccentric perspective of the circumstance via her photography. With a Guinean mother and a Swiss father, the customs and traditions of each culture intertwine and augment the outlook that is the foundation of her artworks. Her current exhibition Crossed Looks at the Halsey depicts the aspects of the unique societies, heritages, and beliefs of Guinea, Nigeria, Benin, South Africa, and Tahiti. Through the calculated configuration of her compositions, she not only contributes vibrant and beautiful portrayals of the communities she captures with her camera, but also calls on how these countries of subjecthood and colonialism are typically misrepresented and misinterpreted by Western mass media. READ WHOLE POST [+]
Namsa Leuba’s series Cocktail and African Queens transcends fixed modes of representation with the incorporation of modern fashion influences. Leuba focuses in on the politics of gaze, exploring “who is looking, who is being looked at, and the medium of which this looking occurs.” However, it’s all about how the viewer is receiving her depictions. READ WHOLE POST [+]
We asked fall 2021 intern Sallye to complete a writing activity from our teaching packet for "Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks" She chose Poetry in Motion: When exploring Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks a lot of descriptive words will come to mind. A fun activity may be using those words to create a poem or song about your favorite photograph, one of the series, or even the whole exhibition. You can work by yourself or with your group, write down single words that pop in your mind, for example: vibrant, serious, exciting. Then once your words or collected, string them together to make a song or poem! READ WHOLE POST [+]