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Anna Daučíková, Upbringing Exercise, 1996, ink-jet print, 27 1⁄8 × 19 5⁄8".

Anna Daučíková, Upbringing Exercise, 1996, ink-jet print, 27 1⁄8 × 19 5⁄8".

Anna Daučíková

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

What makes Anna Daučíková’s work so fascinating is its severe, even acerbic lucidity on the one hand, and its poetic refinement tinged with eroticism on the other. Both qualities were on display in the new piece that Daučíková, the recipient of the 2018 Schering Stiftung Art Award, created for the exhibition of her work at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Titled Expedition for Four Hands and Accompaniment, 2019, it consisted of several sheets of engraved glass, a publication commemorating the late Greek human-rights activist and drag queen Zak Kostopoulos, and a three-channel projection. Its central screen featured footage of the depths of a cave along with schematic drawings of hand positions, derived from Caucasian folk dances, whose sexual connotations evoke a world where traditional masculinity is alive and well. The left screen showed the artist’s own hands cutting glass; on

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