Anna Daučíková. Not Belonging To and In Solidarity With

Anna Daučíková. Not Belonging To and In Solidarity With Anna Daučíková. Photo: Mira Turba

From: Friday, 08 April 2022

To: Sunday, 18 September 2022

Anna Daučíková’s work has explored a variety of media – glass, painting, performance, photography and video – seeking to question the relationship between the body with its architectural environment and the ideological constructions surrounding it, including gender. Consequently, in relation to the premises of her work, according to the artist “queer is always an adjective, not a noun. It is a quality”.

As part of this exhibition, Daučíková suggested that the artist Zbyněk Baladrán collaborate in shaping an exhibition project that employs previous works by the artist, a journey that begins in 1989 and continues up to the present day, creating a system of relations that instils new meanings into the works. The most recent piece has been designed as a response to the war caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In it, Daučíková revisits and re-signifies Along the Axis of Affinity, a work produced as part of the Kiev Biennial in 2015 and presented in the space leading into this exhibition.

Daučíková graduated from the Department of Glass in Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava in 1978 and shortly thereafter emigrated to Moscow, where she remained until 1991, working as a glassblower and becoming a member of the Soviet Artists’ Union. It is to this period that she owes her extensive pictorial practice and interest in photography, which was sparked by her encounter with feminist thought. She participated in the publication of Aspekt magazine on her return to Bratislava in the early 1990s, as her artistic practice during this period shifted towards performance and activism. She has also taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and later at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

This is the first exhibition in a state institution dedicated to the work of this Slovak artist.

Curator: Beatriz Herráez

In collaboration with Zbynek Baladran

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