Nicola Brandt is a Namibian-born artist. Her cross-disciplinary work explores the entangled legacies of colonialism and exploitative capitalism and their impact on the environment, identity, and memory cultures she grew up in.
Brandt’s work featured as part of intergovernmental talks between Namibia and Germany. She is currently working on a photo book, which reflects on her photographic, video, and installation work created over the past ten years since the removal of the ‘Reiterdenkmal’ – a German colonial monument in the centre of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Her upcoming body of work looks at related themes pertaining to landscapes of power in connection to extraction, capital, desire, and ruination.
Brandt is the author of the monograph Landscapes between Then and Now: Recent Histories in Southern African Photography, Video and Performance Art published with Bloomsbury in 2020. She has contributed to publications including The Journey: New Positions in African Photography (2020), co-edited by Simon Njami and Sean O’Toole and the reader of the 13th Edition of the Bamako Biennale (2022).
She is the founder and series editor of the artists’ and writers’ residency Conversations Across Place (CaP), which provides a publishing platform for artists and writers engaging with landscape in the broader sense of geography, ecology, space, place, built and ‘natural’ environments. The first CaP volume (2021) is published with Greenbox Publishing in Berlin.
The artist holds a doctorate in Fine Art from the University of Oxford and is currently based between Germany and Namibia.
Environment, Identity, Memory, Photography, Politics
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Capitalism, Environment, Extraction, Identity, Politics
Capitalism, Environment, Extraction, Identity, Landscapes of power, Memory
Capitalism, Environment, Extraction, Identity, Memory
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