Lucia Nimcova, the next star of Bank Austria Kunstforum's Tresor
A joint project of Bank Austria and Kulturkontakt Austria, the Stars from Central and Eastern Europe series has provided artists from Central and Eastern Europe with a vibrant exhibition space in Vienna, the Tresor (Bank Austria Kunstforum), since 2007.
The series not only opens up new vistas for the Austrian public, but also for the artists themselves, allowing them to present the fruits of their labors to new audiences via UniCredit Group's extensive European cultural network.
The Slovakian artist Lucia Nimcova is the latest young talent to take advantage of this valuable opportunity. Nimcova's show, Unofficial III , which runs from 6 December to 18 January 2009, explores in photographs and video footage the visual codes of her home country's communist past.
For this extensive project, Nimocova spent two years doing in-depth research into the history of her birthplace, the town of Humenné in eastern Slovakia, combing the official photo archives as well as uncovering images made by amateur photographers in her quest for historical documentation of the everyday world.
Placing the photographs she unearthed into a dialogue with works of her own, Nimcova's exhibit is characterized by a subjective documentary style that portrays people and places with great empathy and occasional ironic undertones. Through the juxtaposition of recent and historical pictures, she searches for evidence of change and discovers some of the surprising continuities of everyday reality - ways in which time has stood still.
As part of the exhibition, Nimcova will also present her new film project, in which she has analyzed banned films made by Slovakian directors between 1968 and 1989.
Curated by Bank Austria Kunstforum's Heike Eipeldauer and Kulturkontakt Austria's Annemarie Türk, the exhibition will be complemented by the publication of a catalogue.
(in the picture: Lucia Nimcova, Unofficial: Delegate (Detail) 2007 - © Courtesy by the artist)
Tresor, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna