Anna Daučìková 
So One And So Mine, 2021

Video installation with three looped mp4 HD color videos
Channel 1: 5'9"; channel 2: 4'16"; channel 3: 11'37"
Duration variable

Anna Daučìková, Mental Body part 1
Anna Daučìková, Mental Body part 2
Anna Daučìková, Mental Body part 3

To live one’s mental body is a persevering and passionate practice: A labour of self-establishment and self-affirmation that Trans-persons do for themselves and for all the others. They do it also for the sake of peaceful co-habitation and in the name of humanity.

Anna Daučìková performs for the camera a practice of becoming phallic through movement. The artist’s ability to define her mental body in ethical terms — “for the sake of peaceful co-habitation and in the name of humanity” — has been hard won, springing from a lifelong resistance to subjugating forces within patriarchy, the catholic church, the Soviet regime, homophobia, transphobia and the new turbo-capitalism of the Former East.

Mandelstam, 1909

Дано мне тело — что мне делать с ним,
Таким единым и таким моим?
За радость тихую дышать и жить,
Кого, скажите, мне благодарить?
Я и садовник я же и цветок,
В темнице мира я не одинок.
На стёкла вечности уже легло
Моё дыхание, моё тепло.
Запечатлеется на нём узор,
Неузнаваемый с недавних пор.
Пускай мгновения стекает муть,
узора милого незачеркнуть.

I was given a body — what should I do with it
So one and so mine
For quiet joy to breathe and live
Who tell me to thank
I am a gardener I am a flower
I’m not alone in the dungeon of the world.
Eternity has already laid on the glass
My breath is my warmth.
A pattern will be imprinted on it
Unrecognizable recently.
Let the dregs flow down for a moment
pattern cute not to cross out.

Phallus apt to become…anywhere.

My body. It is not a body to be identified by the Other, captured, recognized, controlled. It is the body to be followed, accompanied, taken along, the body to be dealt with—if necessary.

I am creating my OWN body, the body for the sake of my own. This is, how I can know I am.

My body may not exist, it may be misrecognized, misinterpreted, misunderstood, unless it is made by me.

It is crucial to have a body for oneself.

In fact, as an entity, it is never recognized enough, accepted enough, respected enough, accomplished enough.

This means the body which I create for myself is a matter of becoming a reality through hard (means exciting) making it in time and space. It is not a picture, an image, a signal or something to be snapped , watched, controlled. It is the doing of itself.

You see an empty space and me in the centre.

Anna Daučìková, portrait
Anna Daučìková lives and works in Prague. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava in 1978, she emigrated to Moscow (then USSR). To this period relate her extensive painting practice and interest in photography triggered by her encounter with feminist thought. Returning to Bratislava in 1991, her artistic practice went towards moving image and performance events. Queer bodily action became her main concern in her video art. Spokesperson for LGBT+ rights in Slovakia, and a well known feminist activist, she co-founded the feminist journal Aspekt. In 1999, Daučìková started teaching and from 2003–2010 and from 2013–18, she acted as vice rector to the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague respectively. Daučìková received the Schering Stiftung Art Award in 2018. She has exhibited internationally since 1991. 

Solo shows include Slovak National Gallery/Bratislava (2019), KW—Institute for Contemporary Art/Berlin (2018) and Futura/Prague (2016).  

Group shows include 2021: 14th Baltic Triennial/Vilnius; 2020: Kunsthalle Rudolfinum/Prague;
DYKWTCA, The Corner at Whitman-Walker/Washington; 2019: Museum of Socialist Realism/Tirana; Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life, Würtembergischer Kunstverein/Stuttgart; 2018: Neubauer Collegium/Chicago; Gallery CarrerasMugica/Bilbao; 2017: documenta 14/Athens, Kassel; 2015: Kiyv Biennial/Kiyv;  2009: Gender Check—Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, MUMOK/Vienna, Warsaw; Ars Homo Erotica, National Museum in Warsaw.