Anna Daučíková is a pioneer of feminist-queer art in Slovakia and the Czech Republic; as a professor first in Bratislava and after 2011 in Prague, she remains today among the most influential personalities and forward thinkers in the area of queer theory and practice.
After completing her studies at the Academy of Fine Art Bratislava (1972–1978), Anna Daučíková moved to Moscow, where she first dealt with abstract and numerical painting and recently, with photographic documentation of everyday life during the late phase of the Soviet Union. In 1991 she returned to Bratislava and, as co-founder of the feminist magazine Aspekt, she was significantly involved in making feminist and queer discourses visible in the Slovak art scene. During this time, she explored, in collaboration with other women artists, feminist approaches in the medium of performance at a number of festivals.
Her artistic practice includes various media, from painting and drawing to photography, performance, installation, and moving images. In recent decades, in addition to her many years of teaching at several art academies, she has focused on video work. After a period of exploring the potentials of queering, desire, and non-normative sexuality, she turned to the video essay, bringing in social issues such as poverty, post-Soviet trauma, and memory. The video works of recent years transport queer statements, whereby the artist’s own body and body movements are accompanied by a voiceover narrative.
Programmed by the board of the Secession
Curated by Jeanette Pacher