Jelena Jureša

 contributes to

Ubundu,

Aphasia,

Aphasia

Jelena Jureša is a visual artist born in Yugoslavia who lives and works in Belgium. She has been working extensively with the questions of cultural identity, gender, politics of memory and oblivion through the media of photography, video and text. As an artist who works with history and archives, Jureša investigates the notion of truth on the verge of representation. In her work, she relates individual stories and questions of identity to collective processes of oblivion and remembrance. She unceasingly questions historical and political narratives and tries to destabilise our ideas of what is true. How do we look – individually and collectively – at our own past? How are these processes captured in images? How do these processes and images relate to actual events? And finally, what kinds of tension and meaning can exist between historical reality and its constructed memory?

Jureša’s work is inherently political as it does not merely question our way of looking, but also criticises representation itself. Neither didactic nor moralistic, her work always aims to challenge spectators to rethink and redefine their position.