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Dates: 22 Nov - 18 Jan

Exhibition Opening November 21

Anna Daučíková is an artist and teacher based in Prague. Following her graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava in 1978, she emigrated to Moscow (then the USSR) where she lived and worked for over a decade. In this period, she developed an extensive painting practice, as well as an interest in photography triggered by her encounters with feminist thinking. Returning to Bratislava in 1991, Daučíková co-founded the influential feminist journal Aspekt and her practice shifted towards video art and performance events, then widely organised across the Slovak art scene. The engagement of the artist’s body and bodily actions became the main concern in this video work, and in presenting a queer aesthetic.

Alongside her artistic work, Daučíková has been a co-founder and activist for several women NGOs, and a spokesperson for LGBT rights in Slovakia. Her academic career includes teaching positions at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava and, since 2012, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

Since 1991, Daučíková has exhibited internationally at Medium Gallery (2018, Bratislava) FOR, The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society (with Assaf Evron, 2018, Chicago), State of Concept (2018, Athens), Documenta 14 (2017, Athens/Kassel), Politics of Gestures, House of Art (2017, Ústí nad Labem), FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art (2016, Prague), Kiyv Biennial/School of Kyiv (2015), Manifesta 10 (2014, St. Petersburg), Good Girls, MNAC (2013, Bucharest), Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe (2010), The Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw / MUMOK, Vienna), Ars Homo Erotica (2009, the National Museum, Warsaw), Kunst und Öffentlichkeit, 40 Jahre Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2009, Berlin). She was the recipient of the Schering Stiftung Art Award 2018 with an upcoming exhibition at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art commencing in summer 2019. Her monograph A_NNA D_AUČÍKOV_Á – TRANS_FORMATION was published by the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava in 2018.

Anna Daučíková has worked in a broad spectrum of media from glass, painting and drawing, to photography, conceptual photo-collage, performance, and video. Her first solo exhibition in Ireland will feature a selection of recent and older works including her video work Thirty three Situations (2017–2015) which she describes as ‘something between a police dossier, a medical history, and a sort of stigmatic script of the individual situations’ and which draws extensively from her private life experience in Soviet Russia. Informed by historical and political aspects of feminism, Anna Daučíková’s practice addresses issues around the conflicting aspects of normativity, the technologies of power, queer subjectivity and the politics of privacy.

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Image Credits

Untitled1998, 1998, self-portrait series in progress, b&w photographs, 40×30.5 cm

Still from Thirty-Three Situations, 2007-2015, video SD, colour, sound, 108’56″

Garden Party, b&w photograph, 21×30.5 cm

Still from Along the Axis of Affinity, 2015, two-screen projection, HD video, colour, sound, 8’23”

Still from On Allomorphing, 2017, three-channel projection, HD video, colour, sound, 16’16”

All courtesy the artist.



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