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"
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.
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
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.