“Perhaps, however, I would prefer a gallery that, in addition to imaginary faces and white shirts, would look at pictures and think respectable, intelligent thoughts.” is a line that Robin Marn wrote in a short story told from the perspective of an abounded textile factory.
The broken building ponders upon its past and imagines its way out of oblivion. The story came about as a result of RESCUE workshops Workers Are Gone, What Now? under the mentorship of Tomo Podstenšek organized by X-OP Association. Visual artist Maja Hodošček took this story as an initial reference to produce a video Remember Singing. Even though Robin's story was inspired by particular Maribor's site, Maja translated it into the site of the former ceramic factory located in the area Vaccari in Santo Stefano di Magra. She visited the area during the transnational artistic residency within the REW – RESCUE European Week and illustrated Robin Marn's narrative by juxtaposition of mannequins and the surrounding industrial architecture. Maja Hodošček (1984) is an author of video works, installations, initiates workshops, and curates exhibitions. Her practice is research-based and experimental, focusing on performance, behavior, and modes of learning. She finished her MA at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, NL. Her work was shown widely on international group exhibitions such as Hidden Curriculum, tranzit.sk, Bratislava; Silence is Deafness Here, Gallery Podroom, Belgrade; Beyond the Globe, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana; South by South East, Guangdong Times Museum, China; Pipe Dream, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; Travelling Communiqué, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade. She presented her work on solo exhibitions in Dom omladine, Belgrade, Museum of Contemporary Art – MSUM, Ljubljana, Miroslav Kraljević Gallery, Zagreb, ŠKUC Gallery Ljubljana, Gallery Gregor Podnar, Ljubljana, etc. In 2020 she received the national award Rihard Jakopič for artistic achievements, and in 2010 she won OHO Award. She was an artist in residence in Tabakalera – International Centre for Contemporary Culture in San Sebastian (2019) and ISCP New York (2010).
Production: X-OP Association for Contemporary Art Co-organization: ACE KIBLA, Association for Art and Audio-Visual Production CODE BLUE
The art work is part of the RESCUE project. As part of the project, partners from Italy, Germany, Slovenia, and Austria enable high school students and local people to explore the history of abandoned industrial sites to jointly design how to turn them into sustainable spaces for cultural activities.
The art work is part of the RESCUE project (2019–2021). The project is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.
The project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Grant Agreement 607507-CREA-1-2019-1-IT-CULT-COOP1