Since 2014, Lucia Nimcová together with Sholto Dobie have gathered an archive of photography, video and sound recordings, throughout western Ukraine.
Lucia Nimcova is an artist with a deep interest in the complex, paradoxical, tragic, humorous and sometimes absurd set of social and cultural relations that form everyday “reality” in Eastern Europe. Her work in photography, video, performance and sound attempts to capture both official and private experiences within groups and communities.
As opposed to traditional documentary practices, the artists prefer to describe their work as a folk opera; a collection of songs, stories, music, performance and field recordings, existing somewhere between an ethnographic document and musical theatre.
Throughout history, traditional music and culture has been appropriated and misrepresented; presently in Ukraine, patriotic songs play an important role in fueling a populist romantic nationalism. In contrast, the artists seek to capture official, private and hidden realities within communities that are excluded from the main historical narrative of the region. Their main interests are those songs which describe in tragic, brutal and comic ways domestic abuse, murder, conflict, sex, love and hate. The artists want to show that the alternative folklore of the region: hard mountain rap, vintage feminism and filthy karpaty hip hop, is still alive and relevant, before it’s last inheritors disappear.
Nimcova and Dobie’s ongoing work is a selfproclaimed improvisation. They move freely between various locations and integrate themselves in kitchens, fields, roadsides, weddings, funerals and public events. These places become stages, in which everyday life and theatre paradoxically come together. In this way, their work embraces the inconsistencies and complexities inherent in any ethnographic document. It is a contemporary chronicle with an inclusive approach to material, incorporating industrial sounds, lullabies, military funerals and hen parties. Part of the opening will be a live performance in cooperation with the Polish musician Remigiusz Mazur-Hanaj.
Lucia Nimcová (*1977 in Humenné) studied at Instite of creative photography in Opava and at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2007 she received the Oskár Čepan / YVAA Award, in 2008 she won the Oskar Barnack Award, in 2009 she received the Tatra Banka Foundation Prize, in 2013 she was awarded with the Special prize at Vevey Photography. She is the author of several books (Rusins, Unofficial, Animal Imago, Leftovers).
Sholto Dobie (*1991 in Edinburg), an artist, composer, musician and curator. He often works with music, field recordings, performance and video. He also runs the events series Muckle Mouth and co-directs the artist run space The Laughing Bell. Lives and works in London.
Remigiusz Mazur-Hanaj (*1966 in Pila), musician, ethnographer, screenwriter. He plays with groups Księżyc, Wędrowiec, Pies Szczeka and a duo with Agata Harz . Co-founder of the Warsaw Association Dom tańca, editor of Wędrowiec, founder of the record label In Crudo.
Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council
Supported by Poľský inštitút Bratislava
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