Exhibited at The National Art Gallery of Namibia in 2014
Curated by Vid Simoniti
In The Earth Inside, Nicola Brandt attempts to explore mirror landscapes of physical and mental environments, especially in the light of conflicted personal identities in Namibia. As an artist working in the medium of photography and film in southern Africa, she confronts her own position of what it means to be a Namibian of German European origin.
The photographs in this body of work portray Namibian landscapes as metaphors of trauma, loss and the sacred. Some of these sites mark places of historical violence against the Ovaherero and the Nama people by the German colonizers. Many of these places remain unmarked and living memory alone has preserved their identity.
An installation featuring a room in a Namibian home and a collection of archival images emphasize how images and objects expose particular value systems. The installation reflects on the origin of attitudes that have underpinned the land issue, which was at the heart of the war of 1904 to 1908 and remains unresolved today.