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Nicola Brandt

Nicola Brandt is a Namibian-born multimedia artist working in photography, installation and the moving image. Her post-documentary practice enquires into issues of subjectivity, temporality, and embodiment in relationship to place and (post-)colonial memory. Brandt’s work also centres on questions relating to power, representation, ethics and technological mediation.

Nicola Brandt, Scheppmansdorf, 2013. Digital Pigment Print, 90x60cm. © Nicola Brandt

Brandt completed her doctoral degree in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art and Christ Church, University of Oxford, under the supervision of the art historian Anthony Gardner and the filmmaker Daria Martin. Brandt’s upcoming book project with Bloomsbury Publishing, based on her written dissertation Emerging Landscapes: Memory, Trauma and its Afterimage in Post-Apartheid South Africa and Namibia, explores recent histories in contemporary Southern African lens-based practices, especially in relationship to landscape, identity and near documentary practices. The artist is currently a recipient of a one-year fine art fellowship (2017-2018) at the University of Hamburg’s research centre ‘Hamburg’s (post-) colonial legacy’, with the generous support of The Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Brandt’s solo exhibition The Earth Inside (2014) at the National Art Gallery of Namibia wove together divergent genres including landscape, documentary realism, scripted and found stories. In Unrecounted (2015), an exhibition held in a fringe exhibition during the Venice Biennale (2015), Brandt’s multiscreen video installation Indifference (2014) was shown alongside the work of the late German artist Christoph Schlingensief.

The artist has presented her work in notable institutions including at The MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome, the Iwalewahaus in Bayreuth, Germany, and Yale University, New Haven, USA. Brandt has also taught a series of courses and individual tutorials devoted to the historical, political and theoretical context of contemporary art, photography, and the moving image.

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recounted, Diaz Point, Namibia, 2013. Digital Pigment Print. © Nicola Brandt

Nicola Brandt, Indifference [Still Detail], 2014, HD Triptych Video Installation, 14 minutes 09 seconds, continuous loop 7 © Nicola Brandt.