Post-Eclipse Transfocation

screening and discussion

Text Information/
Picture Gallery/

Pavlína Fichta Čierna
discussion participants:
Katarína Franeková, Christián Havlíček, Romina Kollárik

January 23, 2019 at 6pm, Beskydská 12, Bratislava

The event will be conducted in Slovak.

ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit.

The event series has been supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

The Queer Stories exhibition has been also supported by the Grant Scheme of Bratislava Self-Governing Region.

Media partner of the project: QYS magazine; collaboration: NOMANTINELS Theater.

We would like to thank to Pavol Mikulička, Barbora Šutarikova and Jana Cviková for their support and cooperation.

Post-Eclipse Transfocation (2018) is a video created by Pavlína Fichta Čierna which draws attention to the situation of transgender people. It strives to mediate the voice and individual story of a person who is misunderstood, condemned by the majority society and even stigmatized as a sick person. In her video-portrait, Romina Kollárik identifies the approach of society in which ignorance regarding transgender issues prevails and is connected with prejudice and the rejection of otherness. The video is also a testimony to the search for one’s own identity, self-acceptance, coping with misunderstanding and the rejection of society and of close relatives and acquaintances through active civic involvement, collective experiencing and organizing help for others. Post-Eclipse Transfocation is the first work within a larger thematically oriented series on which the artist is currently working.

The screening of the video will be followed by a discussion with the artist and personalities who co-founded the organization TransFúzia, which provides counselling, legal and psychological support to transgender people and their families and friends. We will talk with Katarína Franeková, Romina Kollárik and Christián Havlíček about the situation of transgender people in Slovakia, with an emphasis on the social and legal conditions of transition and on revealing the human rights shortcomings in legislation.

Pavlína Fichta Čierna is a visual artist and university teacher. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava she has worked at various positions in the cultural sector and at art academies. Currently she teaches at Žilina University. Several of her works have documentary features and oscillate on the boundary of the private and public spheres. She has won several awards, and her works are reflected on the international scene and are part of significant collections.

Katarína Franeková is a psychologist, and a certified coach and facilitator with experience in the field of LGBT psychology. She has worked at Q-center - the community center for LGBT people, family and friends – and has closely cooperated with the TransFúzia civic association. Currently she works at the LEAF Academy in Bratislava and at inPoradňa within the counselling project for LGBT people of the Iniciatíva Inakosť.

Christián Havlíček is a sociologist and co-founder of the TransFúzia civic association in Bratislava, the only organization in Slovakia which specifically supports transgender people. Currently he works in the field of social counselling for transgender people and their families and friends at inPoradňa, and cooperates with the media in order to improve the media representation of trans people and to advocate the field of trans rights.

Romina Kollárik is a distinctive figure of transgender issues in Slovakia. After completing her studies of psychology, she worked in the third sector in the field of human rights related to sexual orientation and gender identity. She is a co-founder of the Q-centrum community space, Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava and the TransFúzia civic association. She has also been active in compiling analyses, community building, international cooperation, education and healthcare.

Pavlína Fichta Čierna, Post-Eclipse Transfocation, 2018, videostill.

Queer Stories