’Unrecounted’ Documents Historical Amnesia in Germany and Namibia

NAMIBIAN artist Nicola Brandt’s joint exhibition with German artist Christoph Schlingensief, ‘Unrecounted’, is currently showing at the Venice Art Biennale.

Juxtaposing a screening of Schlingensief’s film ‘The African Twin Towers’ with Brandt’s installation ‘Indifference’, ‘Unrecounted’ documents the historical amnesia in Germany and Namibia.

‘Indifference’ was awarded Special Mention of the Jury at the Namibian Film Awards in 2014, and follows on Brandt’s exhibition ‘The Earth Inside’ at the National Art Gallery of Namibia in August 2014. In response to this year’s curator of the Venice Art Biennale Okwui Enwezor’s theme ‘All the World’s Futures’, ‘Unrecounted’ shows two artists who have inherited the legacy of the coloniser.

Christoph Schlingensief’s ‘The African Twin Towers’ (2005 to 2009) is a non-linear documentary film relating Schlingensief’s attempt to stage Richard Wagner’s ‘Ring Cycle’ in Namibia. Arriving in Namibia, Schlingensief soon abandoned the feature film he initially envisaged. Instead, he erected a rotating stage in the middle of the township Area 7 of Luumlderitz in Namibia, inviting the residents to participate in the construction of new stories.

The film is a fragmentary record of these events. Schlingensief (1960-2010) was posthumously awarded the Golden Lion for the display of his work at the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2011. The exhibition is taking place in the same venue as that of the Angolan pavilion.

Source : The Namibian