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'My Own Unknown' (2014 - ) Dragana Jurisic

'My Own Unknown' (2014 - ) Dragana Jurisic

Studio Seminar: Dragana Jurisic

26 May 2015

Tuesday 26th May 2015 | 6pm
Studio 6
Free entry, all welcome.
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Studio Seminars at TBG+S are events in which member studio artists talk about their work in the familiar settings of their own studio. These events offer an opportunity for visitors to get a deeper understanding of how particular artists work and what interests and motivates them.

On Tuesday 26th May, Dragana Jurisic will give a talk in Studio 6, open to peers and the public offering a glimpse into her working practices. Dragana Jurisic has been a member of TBG+S since 2014 and has been working in studio 14 for the last year. Now approaching the end of her time at TBG+S, she will present and discuss her recent work, as well as broader projects and recent exhibitions, followed by a short questions and answers session. All are welcome to attend this free event.

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About the artist:

Dragana Jurisic predominantly works in the medium of documentary photography and her work often focuses on the notion of exile and its subsequent effect on memory and identity.

With her current project, 'My Own Unknown' (2014 - ), Jurisic aims to explore the statement once uttered by John Keats, ‘beauty is truth, truth beauty - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’. The idea of the muse often evokes images of a male artist and a passive female muse. At the beginning of April 2015, Jurisic began the task of photographing 100 female nudes over a period of five weeks in order to explore what happens when a female artist looks at female body. What are the characteristics of the female gaze? What happens once 100 women respond to the open call of being photographed nude?...

This exploration will feed into an extension of Jurisic's previous work, ‘YU: The Lost Country’ (2010 – 2013) which was originally conceived as ‘a recreation of a homeland that was lost’, that homeland being Yugoslavia, the country in which Jurisic was born and which disintegrated in 1991. Retracing the steps of prolific Anglo-Irish writer, Rebecca West, in her book, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Jurisic attempted to ‘re-examine the conflicting emotions and memories of the country that was’, through photography and text, identifying what felt so familiar but yet very distant. Dragana Jurisic was born in SlavonskiBrod, Croatia (then Yugoslavia). She is currently based in Dublin, Ireland.

Since receiving a distinction for her MFA (University of Wales, Newport) in 2008, Dragana Jurisic was selected as an Axis MAstar in 2009 (the most promising MA students in UK). She won multiple awards, including: Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award (2010, 2011, 2012), Royal Hibernian Academy’s Emerging Photographic Artist Award (2011), Culture Ireland funding (2011), Graduate Student Prize from The International Rebecca West Society (2011). In 2012, Dragana received project funding from Belfast Exposed. In 2013, Jurisic completed her PhD research at the European Centre for Photographic Research and won a Bursary Award (2013, 2014). In 2014 she received a prestigious Dorothea Lange & Paul Taylor Prize - Special Recognition from Duke University, Project Award from Arts Council Ireland and Wexford Emerging Visual Artist Award.
Jurisic exhibited widely internationally and her work is part of the Irish State Art Collection, University of Michigan collection and many private collections.

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