What It Feels Like for a Girl: PORTRAITS
3-channel sound/video installation
20 photographs
book
2005-2009



The portraits were taken in a simple, unpretentious way, so as to reduce the possibility of implying a particular message during observation. The observer has an opportunity to hear the story which determines the person portrayed.

"In her photo-narrative project “What it Feels Like for a Girl”, Jelena Juresa tries to tackle the stereotype of female subjectivity as passive and constrained by all societal limitations. What becomes crucial and punctuated for the photo-portraits of the selected women is not their visual difference but their narrated singular life experiences. Their unique eventful lives and their unique position inside and outside of the “phallocentric matrix” make them quite different from each other."

(excerpt from the text, Suzana Milevska, BECOMING WOMAN AS AGENCY, What It Feels Like for a Girl, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, 2009)


Images below:
from the series What It Feels Like for a Girl, 2005-2009, colour photographs