Maja Hodoscek

Maja Hodoscek

Maja Hodoscek (1984) is an artist, pedagogue, and researcher.

She works in the intersection between art, education, politics and everyday life and makes video works, installations as well as initiates various workshops. Through the language of moving image, Hodoscek explores diverse social groups and potential learning environments.

Her work was shown in many group exhibitions (Beyond the Globe, 8. Triennial of Contemporary Art – U3, curated by Boris Groys, Modern Gallery Ljubljana, 2016, South by South East, curated by Patrick D. Flores and Anca Verona Mihulety, Guangdong Times Museum, China, 2016, Travelling Communiqué curated by Armin Linke, Doreen Mende and Milica Tomić, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade, 2014, and solo exhibitions; Dreamers, Miroslav Kraljević Gallery, Zagreb, 2016, We Need a Title, ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana, 2015. In 2010 she won the OHO Award in Slovenia, and was nominated for Open Frame Award in 2016 (goEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden). She finished her MA at Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, NL.

The Lesson

HD Video / 15:00 min / 2017

‘The Lesson’ takes places in school, during a lesson. We see pupils and the teacher engaged in a conversation about a particular historical movement, partisan schooling, that emerged during the Second World War in Slovenia as an opposition to the occupation. Hodoscek proposed the theme and material for the lesson and focused on a reading of a letter written by a particular partisan teacher.

In the video, we observe the discussion that took place after the reading, where concepts such as methods of teaching under radical conditions, the interrelationship between teacher and pupils, the role of the teacher and current challenges of teaching are being debated. Hodoscek was interested in the dynamics of the class hour and focused the camera eye on the silent figures since they were in the majority – pupils who remain quiet during the lesson, occupying themselves with their own thoughts or waiting patiently or impatiently for the lesson to pass. Their silence proposes a particular performative gesture or rather a pressure to perform, a voice hidden and a stillness that is anything but still, however insisting on remaining opaque.


HD Video / 11:00 min / 2015

For the first time a teenage girl is encountering a poem written by her high school colleagues – members of a school debate club wrote this particular poem. In the video we see how she reacts upon the written words by translating them in semi abstract sounds. Or she pics upon parts of the poem and tries to transform them into a new form, reading the words backwards or inventing them a new. She confronts herself with an unknown material, there is no reference on which she could depend on. Therefore she finds herself in a space of learning and doing, her own creative response is being celebrated.