The Worker of the Month, 2016 // BUDAPEST

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collection of idols // Nimova Projeckt No. 1

Project Period: 2013—-2016

…I remember the immense freedom I felt as well as the excitement when I entered the game of creating a fictive personality.  A possibility to escape from expectations, pressure, and networking for a while. To find a heterotopic place as an identity where neither textualization is necessary, nor a description of an art piece to be legitimate (for a while). How to remain an outsider (or independent), or let’s say more underground, if the professional art scene requires blending in? How to get visibility without contacts, without systematic networking? To be/remain/become an outsider is an inherently problematic position. At the same time, as is always the case on the periphery, from this position a great many interesting, forgotten, or seemingly wasted things can be rediscovered.

So why a Russian outsider artist?  Why the name Nimova? Why this bald, unattractive, grim portrait with a bleeding tie, with piercing in the left ear? Black suit, white male, xenophobia. A subjective assemblage of stereotypes. A visual cocktail called limited thinking. He is The Worker of The Month. A person – who is in general – an opportunist, and if needed, cruel. Where is his soft heart? Hidden under his fake ceramic skin painted black. He is the product of a woman’s fantasy (yes, definitely from any point of view). An Idol embodying a desired male. And the only context is given by a Russian name with a more or less defined obsession: an outsider artist(a) with a sadly romantic face. An unknown lady with a chic style somewhere in Central-Eastern Europe.

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Reshaping.vs.luddism.superfluous; Dedusting the Worker of The Month from 2k16 // 2018
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top view during the realization of the 3D animation scene – based on the original plasticine figurines from 2k13 // 2016

‘Nimova’ as a quibble  – really simply; from Veronika/il nome/NOVE/ova. Nothing special behind – a new name for rebirth in the virtual. Or a symbol of the ritual of a sensitive and paranoid mind splitting in two.

Also, a reaction or joke addressing  the Russophobia in Hungarian politics (before its about-turn). Veronika Romhány (myself) has always been a great fan of Russian literature and the early 20th century Russian avant-garde. In 2013, at the time of Nimova’s birth (later Nimova Projeckt) it was only a nuance in the choice of Name&Identity, and Romhány herself did not even guess that Russian influence in politics and the economy will play an increasingly important role in the Hungarian government’s decisions. How tricky life is. The last thing Veronika would have expected.

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—I wrote free-poems for months to imagine this fictitious persona when I started to work on Nimova. I mixed personal experiences with imagination altering them to develop this character.

The video is a self-narration through repeating these stories from the main character’s childhood, and memories from his adult/present life. I used this narration technique as the practice like during a therapeutic session –

fragmented stories contain important information according to the topic they describe – the vocabulary they use is puzzles or codes suppressed by the narrator more or less subconsciously.

“With this symbolic act, the Nimova Project focuses on different kinds of manifestations of the authoritarian personality  to explore how power, shame and greed can deeply influence the self. It targets the complexity of the existential and financial pressure placed on a person, and how this can alter their behaviour and even their personality. Various technologies, such as video, 3D animation and sculpture may be used to condense this phenomenon into a form of visual expression.” —-> Agosto Foundation Residency 2018

The phenomenon (or only the theory) of –> flexible personality

is also an attractive topic for the Nimova Project (as well as a kind of opportunism) and it is the starting point for further research —-> THICK SKIN

other older versions:

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//// the Kukluxes —– 

The idea simply grew out of the Kinder-phenomenon. Originally, these small toy series by Kinder aim to represent a different kind of anthropomorphic, animal species for children, describing professions/habits in the exciting (adult) world. As every game, they try to give essential knowledge to practice (play) to the kids helping them to blend in. 

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