Born 1975, Trebinje, Former Yugoslavia
Contact: Wagenstraat 91 D, 2512 AS, The Hague, NL / majabekan@gmail.com
Education:

Masters Degree in Fine Art (Piet Zwart Institute, NL/ Plymouth University, UK.)
Bachelor Degree in Fine Art, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, Netherlands
Bachelor Degree in Fine Art, University of Novi Sad, Academy of Arts, Major in Painting, in the class of Professor M.Stasevic and J. Rakidzic.
 
 
Exhibitions / performances/ screenings:
Solo exhibitions
Waiting Room, SYB Kunsthuis, Beetsterswaag, 2009;
Video installations, Museum of Herzegovina, Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007.
Healthy body, healthy mind, Filmhuis, The Hague, October 2006;

Group exhibitions/screenings
Revisitng Belgrade, Hotel Kasina, Belgrade, Serbia, December 2008;
My travels with Barry, in collaboration with Bernd Krauss and Jan Verwoert at Tent. Rotterdam Center for the Arts. Rotterdam, NL, July/August 2008;
City Choreographies/Viewing positions, The Nunnery screening, curated by TraceyWarr. London, UK 2008;
Solarium (power point performance), “Perfect Society” organized by de Rotterdamse Schouwburg and Maria Pask, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, NL, 18 May, 2008
Aquarium, ,Kunstvlaai, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL, May, 2008;
Funeral, Villa Nuts, Den Haag, NL. October 2007;
This is how it must feel to be there, July 2007, Hotel New York. Rotterdam NL; two - day event, project organized in collaboration with Gunndis Yr Finnbogadottir and Mirjana Stojadinovic
Media Festival, Friesland, NL September 2006;
Fourth International Student Triennial, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2006,
Here kitty kitty, Stroom, The Hague , NL, 2006;
7 TV days, video installation, Villa Nuts, Den Haag, NL, November 2005;
Raccoon Community Building Space Project,Queens, New York City, USA, 2005;
Association Video Les Beaux Jours, Strasbourg, March2005;
Alternative/film/video, Slovenia, 2004;
Media, Art and Gender, Romania, 2003.
New ULUS MembersExhibition, Belgrade, Serbia,2003;
Short Film Festival – Amsterdam, Den Haag, screening, NL 2003.
Intercultural Video art Exhibition, Video Generation from Europe & Japan Tokyo, Japan 2002;
Le festival des tres courts, Paris – Marseille – Nancy – Nantes, France2002;
Biennial of Young Artists in Vrsac, Serbia, 2000; etc.
 
Performances
Secret power for identity, security and self-respect in troubling time_ Sienna X SprayTan introduction party. ADA Rotterdam, NL 2009,
Secret power for identity, security and self-respect in troubling time_ Healing magnets introduction party performed by artist mother Divna Bekan, Revisitng Belgrade, Hotel Kasina, Belgrade, 2008;
Secret power for identity, security and self-respect in troubling time_ Sienna X SprayTan introduction party (performance), Tent, Rotterdam, 2008;
Solarium (power point performance), “Perfect Society” organized by de Rotterdamse Schouwburg 2008.
India Song with Katarina Zdjelar, Ruth Legg, Ozlem Atlin, Lina Isa,
2007 CASCO, Office for Art, Theory and Design, India Song, performance,Utrecht, NL;
2007 Huis en Festival a/d Werf, India Song, performance,Utrecht, NL;
 
 
 
Awards
Second Award for a video play “Toy” at the Short Electronic Forms Fair Rex, 2000
Award Academy of Arts for Drawing, granted by the Academy of Arts, 2000
Award for Low Fi Art Video, JFJF, 2001 
 
Grants/Residency

Residency at SYB Kunsthuis, Decembar/January 2008/9
Awarded scholarship from Stichting Niemeijer Fonds, Dordrecht, 2006.
 
 
Art collaboration
_Cofounder and member of independent artist association ADA _ area for debate and art ROTTERDAM
< a self-organized, independent artists initiative formed in September 2008 to support, nurture, stimulate and to create space for critical reflection and debate in and about art, in an open, cross-disciplinary minded and a friendly environment. At the core of ADA are the art practices of seven Rotterdam based artists (Maja Bekan, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Loes Hoeijmakers, Gerwin Luijendijk, Margo Onnes, Esmé Valk and Sjoerd Westbroek) who also run ADA’s public program.
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_India Song with Katarina Zdjelar, Ruth Legg, Ozlem Atlin, Lina Isa,
2007 CASCO, Office for Art, Theory and Design, India Song, performance,Utrecht, NL;
2007 Huis en Festival a/d Werf, India Song, performance,Utrecht, NL;
_ Cooperates with SKART design group on projects (as a member of HORKESKART) and participated mutually at Cetinje Biennial, 2002 and in a Workshop at Kotor, 2003.
Publication
Hotel New York kamer 104_ Hotel Kasina soba 701_ publication in printingn - documenting two projects: Inquiry in Location, Hotel New York, Rotterdam, NL 2007 and Revisiting Belgrade, Hotel Kasina, Belgrade, Serbia, 2008 < colaboration between Maja Bekan, Gunndis Yr Finnbogadottir and Mirajana Stojadinovic, 2009.
Small talks with Janitor, published in conjunction with the exhibition My travels with Barry in collaboration with Bernd Krauss and Jan Verwoert at Tent,. Rotterdam Center for the Arts.
Women and Media, the special edition of journal Genero, dedicated to the representation of women in public communication, Culture and Society, Belgrade Women’s Studies and Gender Research Center. Special Issue 2004
Reviews and articles
RASTER 2008, yearbook of the independent performing arts scene in Serbia, publication of TKH forum for performing arts critique
NRC Next 18/07/2008 Pagina 18
Mister Motley ( Agenda) 25/08/2008
FUCKING GOOD ART, “Een warm bad”, text by Patricia Pulles, 2007 –www.fuckinggoodart.nl/fga17.html
Projects
P for Performance is part of Maja Bekan’s project Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-respect in Troubling Times
Initiated, collaborated and organized events up till now, include:
Secret power for identity, security and self-respect in troubling times_Draaf Seminar (performance by Bernd Krauss) NL, June 2009.
Secret power for identity, security and self-respect in troubling times_What to do with Art (performance by Esther de Vlaam) NL, June 2009
Secret power for identity, security and self-respect in troubling times_ He is supposed to get into your subconscious ( performance by Jacqueline Forzelius ), Sweeden/NL May 2009.
Secret power for identity, security and self-respect in troubling times_ Debt (performance by Gunndis Yr Finnbogadottir); SKYPE (one –to – one performance), Iceland / NL, March 2009.
 
Working experience
Since June 2009. member of ARTclub, Kunsthuis SYB, programming committee for residency in Beetsterswaag.
Since September 2008. co founder and curator of performance program at ADA Rotterdam, area for art and debate, independent artist initiative
2008/09 Assistant of Katarina Zdjelar in projects at Project dKC Rotterdam, Two of One/In Unison; Precarious project at SKOR, Amsterdam.