Dragana 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. ‘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 Dragana Jurišić 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, Dragana 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.
Born in the former Yugoslavia and now living and working in Dublin, Dragana Jurišić received her PhD from the European Centre for Photographic Research in 2013. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales and Assistant Professor in Dublin City University. Working primarily with image, text and video, she has shown her work extensively and won numerous awards, including the Golden Fleece Special Recognition Award, IMMA 1000 Residency Award and numerous Bursaries and Project Awards. Her work is in many collections including the National Gallery of Ireland, Arts Council Collection and Irish State Art Collection. Her first book, YU: The Lost Country received accolades worldwide. Her new book Museum, collaboration with Paula Meehan, came out in July 2019. Dragana Jurišić exhibits widely internationally.