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Opening Reception: Anna Daučíková & Assaf Evron

06.08.2018

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Photo by Max Herman

From June 8 to September 14, 2018, the Neubauer Collegium presented Anna Daučíková & Assaf Evron: FOR. This opening reception launched the exhibition, which coupled the work of Chicago-based Israeli photo-artist Assaf Evron with that of Slovak feminist video pioneer Anna Daučíková.

Daučíková premiered a series of five video vignettes in which she used books from her personal library to shed light on the lives of such titans of Russian literature as Pushkin, Tolstoy, Gogol, Blok, and Platonov, with specific attention to the puzzle of gender in their work—reflections that were obviously informed by Daučíková’s memories of trying to make a living as a queer artist in Moscow from the late 1970s until the late 1980s. On the Neubauer Collegium terrace, Evron presented four new sculptures inspired by his ongoing research into vernacular architectural traditions and their occasional intersection with the history of design and the scenography of everyday life. Consisting of brightly colored tiles reminiscent of Mediterranean street life, this suite of quasi-minimalist objects doubled as an impromptu backdrop for the reception and for the social life of the Neubauer Collegium’s patio.