Anabela Zigova : Research et CV

“Invisible violence within dissidence au féminin”

Research Area 2 – Norms & Transgressions

Research Area 3 – Objects, Traces, Mapping: Everyday Experience of Spaces

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I propose to research and write a PhD thesis that revisits the legacy of Czechoslovak dissidents as a striking practice of nonviolence in the face of the “erasure” and “invisibility” of women in the 19th and 20th centuries and their afterlives in similar violence against women in the 21st Century. Common to all is an anatomy of the subtle, almost invisible forms of violence which precede clear and manifest events of violence and the erasure of persons.

The aim of this thesis is to draw out and document the various invisible processes that take place even before the more blatant act of wars; the not-so-visible day-to-day practices of violence that precede the destruction of the dignity and integrity of persons, and that often issues in the physical harm, death, rape, or torture of women (but not limited to them) and other phenomena that serve to erase female identity.



Anabela Zigova is PhD Candidate at L’école doctorale d’Histoire, Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne, SIRICE – Unité mixte de recherches (CNRS UMR 8138).

Anabela is fluent in spoken and written English, French, Slovak, and proficient in Czech, German and Russian languages. She has worked with Platform of European Memory and Conscience (2021), and produced several of her own film, and media works: On Privacy, supported by Active Citizens Fund – Slovakia (2021), and a feature length documentary film Salto Mortale, on confronting the communist past, the “legacy of silence” and young Slovaks (2015).

She is a co-founder of the film conversation, and critique platform at Contemporary Arts Center DOX in Prague. In 2013 she worked for Harvard University’s Digital Iniative for the Program on Constitutional Government – Philosophy Books Content Curator, and Researcher.

Her work has been shown in NYC at venues such as Tribeca Film Festival, Columbia University, and Exit Art Gallery.

Anabela Zigova earned her Masters in Fine Arts from l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, where she lived between 1998 and 2002. She holds her first Masters Degree from the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava, Slovakia. She studied Film at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2001 with the support of a grant from the Foundation Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. During her studies she spent semesters at Nottingham Trent University, Dartington College of Arts in the UK, at the Academy of Drama in Prague, and summer workshops in Copenhagen and Aarhus, in Denmark. She was awarded a post-graduate scholarship at the École des Beaux-Arts in Marseille. In New York City she was a Visiting Scholar aj John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY (2007- 2008.)

Scientific Activities (selection)

  • Yevgeniy Fiks: ´Soviet Union, July 1991.´ Flatgallery, Bratislava, Slovakia. Exhibition Review. Published in Glosolália (Bratislava, Slovakia, 2023).
  • On Privacy : 3 Films (Slovakia. Prague and Bratislava, 2021).
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  • Salto Mortale (74:00 mins.). Documentary film essay. (Bratislava, Slovakia; Prague, Czech Rep., 2014).
  • Máte niekoho v rodine, kto bol v ŠtB?’ (Do you have anyone in your family who was in the StB?) Essay. Art Revue Vlna, (Bratislava, Slovakia. 2012).
  • ‘On Redundancy’. (Matt Keegan, NYC, USA, 2006).