Ya Kala Ben




Namsa Leuba (1982, Switzerland) is Euro-African, born from a Guinean mother and a Swiss father. This project, Ya Kala Ben, was made during a trip to Guinea Conakry and focuses on African identity as seen through Western eyes. More specifically, by documenting Guineans rites, she attempted to touch the untouchable roots of her life.

By smart appropriation of ritual artefacts, she addresses the myths and religious symbolical order of the tribes she encountered. Her practice also sometimes drew violent reactions from the Guineans, who saw it as a for of sacrilege. Recontextualizing these sacred activities comes with a risk of miscommunication -- both in reference to the subject and the viewer -- but that is exactly the point here.