Dragana Jurišić | YU: The Lost Country

Dragana Jurišić | YU: The Lost Country

Opening: 14th August 5-8 pm /
The exhibition runs 14th August – 13th September 2020

Galleri Format warmly invites you to join us for the opening of YU: The Lost Country by Dragana Jurišić.

Yugoslavia fell apart in 1991. With the disappearance of the country, at least one million five hundred thousand Yugoslavs vanished, like the citizens of Atlantis, into the realm of imaginary places and people.

YU: The Lost Country was originally conceived as a recreation of a homeland that was lost. It was a journey in which the artist would somehow draw a magical circle around the country that was once hers and in doing so, resurrect it, following Roland Barthes’ assertion that photography is more akin to magic than to art. Instead, it turned out to be a journey of rejection. Her experience was one of displacement and a sense of exile that was stronger back ‘home’ than in the foreign place where she had chosen to live.

In YU: The Lost Country, Jurišić re-interprets Rebecca Westʼs masterpiece Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), ritualistically retracing her journey around Yugoslavia, in attempt to re-examine the conflicting emotions and memories of the country that was.

Dragana Jurišić is an ex-Yugoslav artist based
 in Dublin, Ireland. She works predominantly through the medium of photography, text, film and installation. Since receiving a distinction for her MFA in 2008 Jurišic has won a significant number of awards including Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor Award’s Special Recognition from Duke University, numerous Bursaries and Project Awards. In December 2013 she completed her PhD and finalised a three-year-long project ‘YU: The Lost Country’ that culminated in a critically acclaimed touring exhibition and a book. Her work is in many collections including National Gallery of Ireland, Irish State Art Collection and Trinity College Collection. She has exhibited widely both in Ireland and internationally.