The solo exhibition of Lucia Nimcová is composed of photographs, collages, site-specific installation, video projection and a book publication titled Animal Imago.
In her latest book project, Nimcová deals with the theme of animals and the human relationship to nature. Her exploration and several years of documentation of animals during her travels, but also through collecting of found newspaper and magazine pictures resulted in the production of a book intended for children. She is interested in the way animals are perceived in different cultures, how humanised they are, and in what ways they exist in images of all sorts. The book Animal Imago is dedicated to Chuanita, the artist's niece who wanted to know why Lucia travels so much around the world and what is she looking for. In the animal and nature pictures, Nimcová explores the everyday reality around us, which, according to her “isn't given but created by us”.
After series dedicated to the documenting of Slovak present days like Slovakia 003, Instant Women (2003-2005), Ruthenians (2006), and after her work with archives and confronting the presence with the past in cycles Unofficial (2006-2008), Leftovers (2007-2009) or Double Coding (2010), she returns to herself, her own everyday reality, photographs, drawings and text cuttings from newspapers. “Pin Ups” taped to the wall resemble small messages, a private diary, family album, task lists and the possibilities that either get accomplished or remain undone. In this project, Nimcová also explores the forms of photography, her approach is more fragmented, intimate and more intuitive than analytical. The grasp of reality through a picture becomes the return to herself. In the accompanying text to the exhibition, Dutch artist Bart Groenendaal formulates this in these words: “After many years of documenting the changes in society, isn't it time to document the changes in herself?”
Text: Gabriela Kisová
Lucia Nimcová (*1977 in Humenné) studied at the Institute of Creative Photography SU in Opava and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2007 she was awarded the Oskár Čepan Prize, in 2008 she was awarded the Oskar Barnack Award, in 2009 the Young Artist Prize from the Tatra Banka Foundation. Selected exhibitions: Prague Biennale 2013, Bunkier Sztuki Krakow 2013, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art 2012, Modem Debrecen 2012, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 2010, Mücsarnok Budapest 2010, Aarhus Kunstbygning 2010, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam 2010. Collections: Slovak National Gallery, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Mudam Luxemburg etc.
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