Art Award 2018
Photo: Juraj Bartoš, 2017
Anna Daučíková has been selected as the winner of the Schering Stiftung Art Award 2018.
Anna Daučíková was born in 1950 in Bratislava. She studied with Vaclav Cigler, who directed the Glass in Architecture Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. After graduating in 1978, she moved to Moscow, where she pursued conceptual paintings and photographs. In 1991, Daučíková returned to Bratislava and co-founded the feminist queer magazine Aspekt. Since then she has been working increasingly performatively and using the medium of video and also fighting for LGBTQ rights in Slovakia.
In recent years, individual works by Anna Daučíková have been shown internationally, including the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, Chicago (US), 2018; documenta 14, Athens (GR) and Kassel (DE), 2017; Kyiv Biennale, Kiev (UA), 2015; and Manifesta 10, Saint Petersburg (RU), 2014. Before that, her works were shown in the group exhibitions Gender Check: Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, and mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, 2009, and Ars Homo Erotica, which was on display at the National Museum in Warsaw in 2010 and triggered vehement public protest.
The following curators were invited to nominate artists for the award: Diana Campbell Betancourt (BD), Erin Christovale (US), Dorothée Dupuis (FR/MX), Mai Abu ElDahab (BE), Elena Filipovic (CH), Anna Gritz (DE), Virginija Januškevičiūtė (LT), Valérie Knoll (CH), Quinn Latimer (GR), Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer (US), Balthazar Lovay (CH), Kiki Mazzucchelli (BR/GB), Manuela Moscoso (MX), Jenifer Papararo (CA), and Pip Wallis (AU).
Anna Daučíková’s solo exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art will be curated by Anna Gritz and Cathrin Mayer and will open June 6, 2019 (on view until August 25, 2019).
Anna Daučíková’s works innovatively combine reflections on the role and meaning of modernism in Eastern European societies with identity issues. By seamlessly moving between fiction and historical facts based on archival research, Daučíková deliberately practices a new form of history writing that subverts stereotypical ideas and images. She trains her eye on tiled facades, like they can be found on Soviet government buildings in Ukraine, as much as on the revolutionary works by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and their instrumentalization for Putin’s state ideology, always refracting the narrative through personal experiences without exposing them to the voyeuristic gaze. Anna Daučíková expresses this kind of intertwining of lived and narrated history through a unique artistic language, which will be presented and acknowledged for the first time in a large-scale monographic exhibition.”
Award Ceremony on June 5, 2019Visit the media library
Charlotte Klonk studied art history at the Universities of Hamburg and Cambridge. After completing her dissertation, she was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford University, and a lecturer at the University of Warwick. Since 2011, she has been professor of art history at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.Close
Ute Meta Bauer is a curator, Founding Director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Prior she was Professor and Dean of Fine Art, Royal College of Art (London) and Founding Director of the Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (Cambridge, USA).Close
Rossella Biscotti, born 1978 in Italy, uses montage as a gesture to reveal individual narratives and their relation to society. In her cross-media practice, cutting across filmmaking, performance and sculpture, she explores and reconstructs obscured moments from recent times, often against the backdrop of state institutions. For the past decade she has been living and working between the Netherlands and her research sites. Biscotti is currently in residency at the Artists-in-Berlin Programme, DAAD, Berlin.Close
The Schering Stiftung Art Award is a collaboration between the Schering Stiftung and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
The cultural programming of KW Institute for Contemporary Art is made possible with support from the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
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