MIRA, Study for a Portrait
sound / video installation (two films, 45:35 each)
photographs
book
2010-2014






‘MIRA, Study for a Portrait’ is a work on absence which uses the form of the portrait to explore the fragility of memory as well as the relationship between the photographic medium and perception. It is a long-term and multi-layered project in which the artist meticulously dealt with the history of one country, one family and one woman. It comprises a video installation, set of photographs and the book.

Through the video installation (two videos, 45min each) the viewer is given a new way to read the photographic and moving image, encrypting the place as a medium for recording and erasing new meanings. Although the first part of the work is historical time with its objective duration, based on well-known historical events, these are refracted through a personal history which Juresa puts in the foreground.

‘Similar to the quest for identity in the novel Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald, the video installation MIRA, Study for a Portrait (2010–14) by Jelena Juresa explores the quest for individual identity and the battle against amnesia among the shreds of memory. Juresa’s work is informed by the practices of the artist as historian and the archival artist. She embarks on a quest that attempts to re-create and reconstruct a historical narrative of one very unique individual, and relatively anonymous human life, giving it a voice and unveiling series of events and circumstances that are linked around it.'

In this way, MIRA, Study for a Portrait illustrates the intimate exploration of the boundaries of memory. “It is the story of one woman, one family, one country, and three wars” – as the artist explains.’

From:
DOUBLE EXPOSURE - A COLLISION OF PAST AND PRESENT
by Branka Bencic


INSTALLATION VIEW


VIDEO EXCERPT


Credits:

Direction, photography, editing: Jelena Juresa
Narration: Tim Kerslake
Sound: Studio Alpha, Vladimir Perovic
16mm film scene / Performer: Maria Keck
16mm film scene / Camera: Nikola Sekeric
16mm film scene / Light:Zarko Lazic
Music: “Sto te nema”, Jadranka Stojakovic with Miroslav Tadic, courtesy of Jadranka Stojakovic
Video excerpts: from the movie La violetera,1958, Luis César Amadori

Based on the memories of: Minka Redzic Perera, Josip Perera, Goran Juresa, Vesna Matic
Archive photographs: courtesy of Minka Redzic Perera and Goran Juresa



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