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NAMSA LEUBA, A SWISS-GUINEAN ARTIST, USES PHOTOGRAPHY TO QUESTION THE WAY THAT AFRICAN IDENTITIES ARE VIEWED IN THE WEST. USING PERFORMANCE ART, FASHION, AND DOCUMENTARY FILM FOOTAGE, LEUBA USES HER ART TO EXPLORE HER HERITAGE — ESPECIALLY ITS CEREMONIES AND RITUALS — WHILE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO ITS RELATED GESTURES AND PROPS. INSPIRED BY NDEBELE CULTURE (A PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE AND NORTHEASTERN SOUTH AFRICA), LEUBA’S ARTISTIC CONCEPT FOR HER EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION OF RE-IMAGINED LADY DIOR BAGS PUSHED THE HOUSE’S SAVOIR-FAIRE TO RESPOND TO HER VISION. HER MEDIUM-SIZED BAG IS CHARACTERIZED BY A COMPLEX STITCHING TECHNIQUE IN WHICH MINK, FINE FABRICS, AND TINY PEARLS WERE SEWN TOGETHER LIKE PUZZLE PIECES, CREATING A “HIPPIE” LOOK THAT TOOK OVER 300 HOURS TO CREATE. HER SMALL BAG, ON THE OTHER HAND, WAS WEAVED IN THE SAME WAY THAT MANY OLD AFRICAN TEXTILES WERE CREATED, AND BOTH ARE MESSILY COLORFUL IN A WAY THAT EVOKES THE COLOR PALETTE OF WILLEM DE KOONING AND THE FRACTURED DESIGNS OF CLYFFORD STILL. IN HER RE-ENVISIONING OF THE LADY DIOR, LEUBA HAS FOCUSED ON TEXTURE AND PROCESS — AND, MOST OF ALL, ON THE COMBINING OF CULTURES

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