ZALA: Are you a good student?

NIK: No and yes.

Zala: What do you mean?

NIK: I am a good student at home, exploring the things that interest me.

URH: Me too.

ZALA: Do you believe the teachers?

NIK: I believe what I believe. I like to read stuff and then form my own opinion.
I would never believe a teacher just like that. I think they are molding are way
of thinking so that it fits the interests of the State.

URH: We are sheep.

ZALA: Anyway, who is your role model?

URH: William Shakespeare.

(Zala and Nik start laughing)

ZALA: And yours?

NIK: Malcolm X.


class breaks









Author: Maja Hodoscek in collaboration with Zala Ozek
Design: Bardhi Haliti
Size: 170 x 117 mm

Class Breaks was made in close collaboration with the artist Maja Hodoscek’s sister Zala who at the time of the book’s development was just finishing elementary school. For several months Zala secretly filmed activities at her school during class breaks. She was especially interested in shooting her closest classmates, Nik and Urh, and engaging in a series of discussions throughout the school. The book consists of fragments from these conversations. As the students touch upon political issues, their own position within institutional structures, and their relationships, Class Breaks provides stimulating insight into the social dynamics of the school environment.

Thanks to Nik Škorja and Urh Skale.