• Namsa Leuba’s most recent project, Illusions, was created in Tahiti and inspired by the paintings of Paul Gauguin and “tropical”...

    Namsa Leuba’s most recent project, Illusions, was created in Tahiti and inspired by the paintings of Paul Gauguin and “tropical” images in Modern art, which occupy the Western collective unconscious.

     

    This type of imagery casts the Polynesian woman as beautiful, desirable, subservient, and connected to the natural environment. This myth of the “vahine”, as Polynesian women are referred to, is historically rooted in the West’s search for the “original” and “authentic”, which was thought to be found in far away cultures, with a connection between the body, soul and land.

     

    Gauguin’s paintings in French Polynesia were influential in developing the Primitivist art movement, which articulated a visualization of the “other” through a connectivity to nature.

     

    Leuba symbolizes vahine's identity through the incarnation of the spirit, by the image beyond the confines of the body. Connecting to this female archetype, it is an attempt at metamorphosis, as well as an ideological challenge to the visual codes initiated by gauguin and his search for the primitive.


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    • Namsa Leuba, La fleur de la tentation, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, La fleur de la tentation, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, La femme à la noix de coco, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, La femme à la noix de coco, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, L'offrande, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, L'offrande, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, Le Déjeuner, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, Le Déjeuner, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, Dans son Nid, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, Dans son Nid, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, Les femmes bleues, sous les palmiers, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, Les femmes bleues, sous les palmiers, 2019

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    THE SUBJECTS IN LEUBA'S CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS ACT OUT THEIR ROLE OF THE "VAHINE",

    YET THROUGH NON-BINARY DEFINITIONS OF GENDER CONFORMITY.

    HER SITTERS ARE KNOWN IN TAHITI AS "MAHU" (AN EFFEMINATE MAN) OR "RAE RAE" (TRANSGENDER).

     


     

    • Namsa Leuba, L'Homme aux diamants, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, L'Homme aux diamants, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, Tealanie, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, Tealanie, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, La femme à la papaye , 2019
      Namsa Leuba, La femme à la papaye , 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, La Détente I, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, La Détente I, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, La déesse Hiti, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, La déesse Hiti, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, La femme à la mangue, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, La femme à la mangue, 2019

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    • Namsa Leuba, AMBRE, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, AMBRE, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, HEIA ROSE II, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, HEIA ROSE II, 2019
    • Namsa Leuba, A FLEUR DE PEAU, 2019
      Namsa Leuba, A FLEUR DE PEAU, 2019

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