Lucie Rosenfeldová / Aliza Orlan

Artists in Residence July–August 2024, Czech Republic / Slovak Republic /

© Lucie Rosenfeldová, Aliza Orlan

Lucie Rosenfeldová

Lucie Rosenfeldová is an artist and teacher based in Prague. In her practice, she primarily works with experimental documentary formats rooted in artistic research. Through her films, she engages with questions surrounding the evolving dynamics between representation and the human body. Her recent research concerns embodied memory, exploring its potential for scientific and artistic representation. Her work has been presented to both international and domestic audiences in a number of film screenings and exhibition projects.
Lucie Rosenfeldová studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague, initially in the painting studio and later in the sculpture studio. She was a member of the Studio without a Master as well as a member of various artistic research groups.


During her residency Lucie Rosenfeldová is developing the methodology and dramaturgy for her new documentary film. The project “How to (not) remember our bodies” is the culmination of her long-term artistic research on body memory within the realm of reproductive medicine. The artist merges the perspective of body memory, as delineated by contemporary neuroscience, with insights from the history of medicine. The new experimental documentary film, supported by the MQ Residency, will specifically interpret found image and text archives referring to the abortion technology and abortion committees during the period of state socialism in Czechoslovakia. This specific focus on abortion policies in socialist Czechoslovakia aims to uncover a diversity of approaches to reproductive technologies and to reveal determinants that may locally shape the memory of the female body and its politics in the specific context.
Drawing upon her reflections on mediation of bodily memory though an image, Rosenfeldova will develop a filmic methodology presenting corporeality as the intersection of different memories and histories, challenging the notion of a unified body and coherent subjectivity within it.

Aliza Orlan

Aliza Orlan, born in 1990, in Slovakia. She studied at the Academy of Fine arts and Design in Bratislava, department of printmaking and other media. She works with the medium of drawing, installation, performance art, textile and poetry.
Aliza Orlan is an artist and cultural worker. She works as production assistant for a contemporary dance festival and other events in Bratislava. She is also curator of exhibitions, she worked with young artists and students of Academia of fine arts. After graduation between the years 2016-19 she worked as a high school teacher of drawing and typography class in Trenčín, Slovakia.
She has many exhibitions an Slovakia and other cities in central europe for example solo show Gardens of my fears and passions, Galeria Jula Bibera in Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia. Spouting White & Weiss Gallery in Bratislava. History Hustory* / Museum of Self-Care, Queer museum Vienna, Austria and Sensory tales in Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.


During her residency at the MQ, Aliza Orlan will continue work on her ongoing project in blue my sex blur. My goal is to deeply explore and discover the trans body from a psychological and also a medical standpoint. I would like to continue my research on transgender care and the first endocrinologists in Central Europe and especially in Vienna.

For the artist, the color blue is a symbol of healthcare and the fight of queer and trans people for their rights.The reference is the film blue by director Derek Jarman, which takes place in a medical environment. Blue is a color that transcends us, encourages us to fight on and to be seen. Especially in the current era of clashback against transgender people. My activist and political themes lead me from poetic drawings to performance and using my own body as a medium of expression. Performance and the written word is one of the important pillars of what I want to explore and communicate with the audience.