Yakalaben | Photographer: NAMSA LEUBA | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
Namsa Leuba is a young African-European photographer based in Switzerland, and a recent alumnus of ECAL, that ever-fertile proving ground for creative talent in Lausanne. The striking work here, from her series Ya Kala Ben (Crossed Look) was shot in Guinea Conakry in West Africa, and partly explores the rituals and cosmology of the people there. The weirder elaborate costumes in the more formal work here are based on votive Guinean statuettes, recreated using models and props on location. All the images have a strong, powerful vision but there is a vague sense of unease and exploitation on the viewer's part. Hugo's work is either of real, raw individuals living extraordinary lives, or of actors and players in full horror make-up.