Fotografiska proudly present the new exhibition Inherit the Dust with Nick Brandt’s powerful and deeply disturbing series of epic panoramas: life sized portraits of animals placed and photographed at the sites where they used to roam. is exhibition demonstrates the terrible deterioration of the landscape and the absence of animals, because of the impact of man, in a heart breaking way. Our inheritance is transformed into dust, and what we are left with dissolves into nothingness... but there are alternatives.
Since 2001, ne art photographer Nick Brandt has been documenting the vanishing natural world and animals of East Africa through his haunting, majestic portraits. Three years after the sombre conclusion of his African trilogy, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across the Ravaged Land, Brandt returned to East Africa to photograph the escalating devastation to the natural world of the continent.
In this new series of epic panoramas, Brandt records the impact of man on places where animals used to roam, but no longer do. In each location, Brandt erects a life size panel of one of his animal portrait photographs, setting the panels within a world of explosive urban development, factories, wasteland and quarries. The people in the photographs go about their daily lives, oblivious to the presence of the panels and the animals within them, who are effectively now no more than ghosts in the landscape.
But there is still a possibility to let the inheritance be more than dust.
In 2010, Brandt co-founded the non-profit organization, Big Life Foundation, which helps protect over 800,000 hectares of East African ecosystem. Employing 350 local rangers and staff, Big Life has dramatically reduced the incidence of poaching in the region.
»The economic benenefit of protecting the natural world is increasingly understood. Big Life’s ethos is working so far: if conservation supports the community, the community will support conservation. This is the hope for the future of Africa’s natural world,« says Brandt.
The monograph Inherit the Dust will be published by Edwynn Houk Editions and distributed by Thames & Hudson, released in March 2016, and includes two essays by Brandt. The book’s release coincides with the roll out of accompanying exhibitions featuring large-scale prints in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Stockholm and London, among other cities. •
»In Inherit the Dust ... Nick Brandt’s unvarnished, harrowing but stunning work ... brings us face to face with a crisis, both social and environmental, demanding the renewal of humanity itself.”
— Kathryn Bigelow, film director, The Hurt Locker
»Nick Brandt’s astonishing panoramas are a jolting combination of beauty, decay, and admonishment....an eloquent and complex »J’accuse «, for the people are as victimized by »development« as the animals are. The breadth, detail, and incongruity of Brandt’s panoramas suggest a collision between Bruegel and an apocalypse in waiting.«
— Vicki Goldberg, Art Critic, Author
»Nick Brandt’s latest work is both gorgeous and disturbing...
Brandt has deftly turned his art into a call for action.«
— Jack Crager, American Photo, 10 Best New Photobooks Spring 2016
»Brandt’s new collection is his most powerful and heart-wrenching to date.« — The Daily Beast
»Jarring and powerful...the photos are as beautiful as they are melancholy.« — Wired
»Nick Brandt’s epic panoramas serve as a heartbreaking epitaph to a paradise lost.«
— Sunday Times UK
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