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Anna Daučíková

Anna Daučiková
photo: Mira Turba

Anna Daučíková's artistic practice encompasses a range of media, from painting and drawing to photography, performance, installation and moving image. Alongside her artistic work she is also a co-founder and activist in several women and queer NGOs and at the end of the '90s she became a spokesperson for LGBT rights in Slovakia.

Starting originally as a glass designer, Daučíková spent more than a decade living in Moscow (then USSR) in the 1980s, a period that significantly affected her artistic work. During the 1990s she joined feminist magazine Aspekt in Bratislava, and in co-operation with other female artists (Christina Della Giustina, Eva Filová) she explored feminist approaches in the medium of performance at a number of festivals.

During recent decades, video-making became predominant, together with her long-term teaching experience at several art academies. After exploring potentials of queering desire and non-normative sexuality, her focus turned towards video essay, including social themes such as poverty, post-Soviet trauma and memory. Last year's video works convey queer statements involving the artist's own body and bodily action accompanied by voiceover narrative.

Solo exhibitions
Anna Daučíková, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Work in Progress: 7 Situations, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava. Anna Daučíková, Project Arts Centre, Dublin. On Allomorphing, Tensta Konsthal, Stockholm. 2018 FOR, with Assaf Evron, Neubauer Collegium, Chicago, IL (US). Circular Defense, with Zbyněk Baladrán, Gallery Carreras Mugica, Bilbao (ES).

Group exhibitions
Compassion Fatigue is Over, Kunsthalle Rudolfinum, Prague. 2020 Fear, Gallery Arsenale, Bialystok (PL). When We First Arrived – DYKWTCA, Corner at the Whitman&Walker, Washington, DC (US). 2019 Tirana Patience, Galeria Kombëtare e Arteve (National Gallery of Art), Tirana. Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of the Life, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (DE). Collective Exhibition for Single Body, The Private Score, Wittgenstein House, Vienna. City of Tomorrow, New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. 2018 School of Pain, Art in General, New York, NY (US). 2017 documenta 14, Athens; Kassel (DE). 2016 Czechoslovak Pavilion, Biennale Architettura, Venice (IT). 2015 Kyiv Biennial – School of Kyiv, Kyiv (UA). Feminismen, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Gelsenkirchen (DE). 2014 Manifesta 10 – Eastern Window, St Petersburg (RU). 2013 Good Girls, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest. 2012 Rosa Arbeit auf Goldener Strasse, Gallery Xhibit, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. What a Material: Queer Art from Central Europe, Gallery P.A.X., Amsterdam. 2011 Maps–The Art of Cartography in Centre of Europe, Mirbach Palace, Bratislava. Zero Years, House of Art, Bratislava. 2010 Ars Homo Erotica,National Museum, Warsaw. Diorama: Videoarte Eslovaca, Oi Futuro – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro (BR). 2009 GENDER CHECK – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, MUMOK, Vienna; Zacheta Gallery Warsaw, Warsaw. Kunst und Öffentlichkeit, 40 Jahre Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, NbK, Berlin.

Monika Mitášová (ed.), Anna Daučíková: TRANS_FORMATION, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava 2018.

Glass in Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava.
2007 Habilitation, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Associate Professor.

Teaching experience
Queering and Survival, Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg (AT).
2012–2019 Studio of New Media II., Academy of Fine Arts, Prague.
2000–2013 Studio of Multimedia, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Associate Professor.