Maja Bekan, Performance Class (in action), 23 Assemblies, 2017. Photo credit Bartosz Górka. Courtesy Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art.

Maja Bekan (Serbia/The Netherlands) is performance and visual artists. Her work explores and questions the potentials of mediation and delegation of the (art) work. She is interested in a collaborative and social approach to making works and how taking part can create a productive stage, exploring more closely the personal histories, truths, economies and social relations within it. She works on long-term research-based projects that involve different levels of collaborations, and that are presented to the public in the form of performances, specifically created environments, video/audio/text-based installations, and public conversations.

Maja received a master’s degree in Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute & Fine Art at the University of Plymouth (2008). She is a co-founder and developer of the Rotterdam based artists’ initiative ADA, Area for Debate and Art. In 2008 she initiated long-term research project ‘P for Performance’, as a method of initiating situations and using performance as a tool for investigating collective intimacy and performance as a stage of knowledge production.

Maja was an artist-in-residence at, AIR Laboratory (U-jazdowski) Warsaw; IFP Beijing China; and AIR Berlin, Alexanderplatz. Recent exhibitions include: 23 Assemblies, CCA Ujazdowski, Warsaw (PL); Faith, Love, Hope, Kunsthaus Graz (AT); Working for the commons, Casco Art Institute, Utrecht (NL); Artists teaching Art, Artikum, Rovaniemi (FI); Blue Box, IZOLYATSIA, Kyiv (UA); Reasons to Perform (solo), The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík (IS); Being in Common, SMBA Amsterdam (NL); Call of the Mall, HC Utrecht (NL); Pay Attention, Please, Milan (IT); Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-Respect in Troubling Times vol.3 (solo), The Art Gallery, KCB, Belgrade (RS); Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-Respect in Troubling Times vol.2 (solo), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL); Bodies at Work, Institute for Provocation, Beijing (CN).

With support from

Mondriaan Fund


The Public Domain:
Season 3


Autumn 2018

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