Maja Bekan is performance and visual artists. She is a co-founder and developer of the Rotterdam based artists' initiative ADA, Area for Debate and Art. By working with different mediums she explores the notion of free time, the use of it, its initiation, establishment and ritualisation. Interested in a collaborative and social as a medium approach within her artistic practice, 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. She received a master’s degree in Fine Art at Piet Zwart Institute & Fine Art at the University of Plymouth (2008).
In 2008 she initiated two long-term research projects: 'Secret Powers' for Identity, Security and Self- Respect in Troubling Times and 'P for Performance', platform investigating performance as a stage of potential for knowledge production.
Bekan has been involved in different art committees and educational programs such as residency place Kunsthuis SYB and Piet Zwart Institute, MA Fine Arts program.
Recent exhibitions include: Being in Common, SMBA Amsterdam, NL (November 2013); Call of the Mall, HC Utrecht, NL (2013|); Pay Attention, Please. Milan, IT (2012); Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-Respect in Troubling Times vol.3 (solo) in The Art Gallery, KCB, Belgrade RS (2012); Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-Respect in Troubling Times vol.2 (solo), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL (2011); If you say it loud and clear, I might understand (solo), Remont, Belgrade, RS (2010); Florida, TENT, as a part of the collective ADA, Rotterdam, NL (2010); My travels with Barry, TENT, Rotterdam, NL (2008).
Bodies At Work, 2013