Professor Nicola Brandt Exhibits at National Art Gallery of Namibia
John Cabot University is pleased to announce that John Cabot alumna and art history professor Nicola Brandt, will be holding her first solo exhibition The Earth Inside at the National Art Gallery of Namibia.
The multimedia installation, which runs from August 1 through 23, consists of video, photographs, audio, archival materials and found objects.
From the official press release:
It is widely documented that between the years 1904 to 1908 Germany committed genocide against the Herero and the Nama peoples of south and central Namibia. According to the historian Marion Wallace, “It has been vigorously argued — and equally vigorously denied — that the Namibian genocide, the first of the twentieth century, planted seeds of the genocide later committed by the Third Reich.” The repercussions of these events are still powerful today. In “The Earth Inside” Brandt attempts to highlight particular counter-narratives and blind spots in relationship to this painful past, and reflects on place, and on the role of photography in shaping the perceptions of this history.
Nicola Brandt, who was born in Windhoek, Namibia, graduated from John Cabot University in 2006 with a major in Art History. She is due to complete her doctorate in Fine Art at the University of Oxford in 2014. Her theoretical research examines the emergence of a critical landscape tradition in documentary and fine art practices in Southern Africa. As an artist, she creates films, photography, and installations that explore stories and personal histories. She is interested in how places, objects and images carry fragmented references and memories that in both direct and unintentional ways influence our ideas and shape our lives.
Congratulations to Professor Brandt from the entire JCU community!