Jelena Juresa is a visual artist born in Yugoslavia. She has been extensively working with the questions of cultural identity, gender, politics of memory and oblivion through the media of photography, video and text. 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. Juresa’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 aims to challenge the spectator to always rethink and redefine their position.
She has been exhibited internationally. During her artistic residential stays in Paris in 2004 and 2005, she created the works from the Tourists series. As the Jackman Goldwasser resident artist in 2015 and in collaboration with the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago (2015-), she started developing a new art project, tackling the questions and relations of public art – capitalism–tourism–copyright, as well as production of male and female histories within this context. As an artist in residence at Q21 in Vienna in 2016, she studied the work of anthropologists and racial hygienists of Austrian imperial period, as well as politics of oblivion after WWII in Austria. She obtained her PhD degree in 2018 at Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, research centre S:PAM and KASK & Conservatorium, for which she received Basileus scholarship. In 2017 she has been granted a two-year artistic research project at KASK School of Arts for Unfolding Amnesia: An Interdisciplinary Research into Artistic Practices and the Politics of Oblivion.