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School of Visual Arts

Anderson Lecture Series presents Nicola Brandt

Anderson Lecture Series presents Nicola Brandt

 

Lecture Time:  Tuesday, April 9, 3:00 p.m.  

Lecture Title:  Parallel, but Elsewhere: Contesting the Colonial Archive

Lecture Location: Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art

 

NICOLA BRANDT is a Namibian‐born multimedia artist working in photography, installation, and the moving image. Her work explores experimental documentary practices in relationship to roles of memory, power, narrative, and positionality within the discourses of conflict and legacies of colonialism. Brandt completed her doctoral degree in Fine Art at the University of Oxford. Her book project with Bloomsbury Publishing (2019) is based on her written dissertation, Emerging Landscapes. It explores recent histories in contemporary Southern African lens‐based practices, especially in relationship to landscape, identity, and near documentary practices. 

From 2017 to 2018, Brandt was invited by the University of Hamburg and the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Germany to contribute to an interdisciplinary, post-colonial archive project. The artist uses the colonial archive as a departure point to explore hegemonic readings of space and the ‘legitimacy deficit’ of the contemporary ethnological museum. Through her exhibition practice, she activates conventional and alternative spaces, drawing threads between the present and earlier historical periods in Germany and Namibia. 

Brandt’s solo exhibition The Earth Inside (2014) at the National Art Gallery of Namibia wove together divergent genres including landscape, documentary realism, and scripted and found stories. In 2015, Brandt’s multiscreen video installation Indifference (2014) was shown in a fringe exhibition Unrecounted 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.