2018 - 2021, 2014 - 2015
Dragana Jurišić 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 Jurišić 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, Jurišić received project funding from Belfast Exposed. In 2013, Jurišić 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.
Jurišić exhibited widely internationally and her work is part of the Irish State Art Collection, University of Michigan collection and many private collections.
Jurišić 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. Her most recent body of works, ‘YU: The Lost Country’ (2010 – 2013) 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, Jurišić 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.