ISCP TalkSeptember 28, 2010
Salon: Maja Hodoscek (Slovenia) and Jiri Skala (Czech Republic)
Maja Hodoscek will screen Promised Land, a video dealing with labor market discrimination towards migrant workers in various EU countries. This project explores their position within contemporary society, their rights, working conditions and existential situation. 149 workers, who went to Slovenia from ex-Yugoslavia to work in a construction company called Gradis, were fired because the company went bankrupt. They currently all live together in a single home near Hodoscek’s house. Promised Land shows Hodoscek inviting them over for lunch, cooking goulash and having fun.
Maja Hodoscek lives and works in Celje, Slovenia. She graduated in 2009 from the Faculty of Education, Department of Fine Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at multiple video festivals and exhibitions. In 2010, Hodoscek received the OHO Award for Young Visual Artists organized by Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Jiri Skala will present a performance, Fathers Mouth, written and filmed two years ago but never presented live. A play for a couple, it will be performed by Marek Milde and Kristyna Milde. Skala strives towards freeing himself radically from the language of visual art in order to embrace experimental forms of literature. Skala’s work often demands the undivided attention of it’s viewer, at the same time as it is characterized by a strong will to reach out and communicate. His strength lies in connecting the literary process with artistic content, and his ability to thematize personal relationships as well as analyze larger complex social relations.
Jiri Skala (born 1976 in Czech Republic) studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, and at the postgraduate program at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France. He is co-founder of the Etc. Gallery in Prague, established in 2004, and is a member of the PAS group, together with the artist Tomás Vaněk and curator Vít Havranek. He is listed in The Younger than Jesus Artist Directory compiled by the New Museum in New York, and in November 2009 he was awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for young artists in the Czech Republic by Vaclav Havel. JRP Ringier published his bookOne Family of Objects in 2010.