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Jelena Jureša is a visual artist and filmmaker, born in Yugoslavia who lives and works in Belgium. In her films, photography and video installations, Jureša explores issues of cultural identity, gender, the politics of remembering and forgetting, and collective violence. She unceasingly questions historical and political narratives and tries to destabilise our ideas of what is true. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including her latest solo exhibitions at Argos centre for audiovisual arts in Brussels, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien in Graz, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade.
As a Jackman Goldwasser resident artist in 2015, in collaboration with the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, she started her research on the questions and relations of public art – capitalism – patriarchy, as well as the production of male and female histories within this context. As a Q21 artist in residence in Vienna in 2016, she studied the work of anthropologists and racial hygienists of the Austrian imperial period, as well as the politics of oblivion after WWII in Austria.
Her latest film project Aphasia
, which detects a thread of positions of power, racism, injustice, and violence from Belgian colonialism, Austrian anti-Semitism to the atrocities in Bosnia during the Yugoslavian wars, was produced by Argos centre for audiovisual arts, where it was exhibited in a solo exhibition in 2019. Aphasia has been commissioned by Contour Biennale, where it was exhibited in 2019, and in the Manifesta Biennale in 2022. It has been shown in Kunstverein Hamburg, Cinematek in Brussels as part of Figures of Dissent: Cinema of Politics, Politics of Cinema, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Fotomuseum in Antwerpen, De Cinema in Antwerp, DocLisboa, and at the 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF where it won the main award. Using the previous line of meticulous research and continuing her collaboration with the performers from the film, she conceptualised and directed Aphasia performance, which premiered at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels in 2022.
Jureša teaches at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK). She holds a PhD in practice from Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, and KASK. In 2017, she was granted a two-year artistic research project at KASK for Unfolding Amnesia: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Artistic Practices and the Politics of Oblivion, and in 2020 a post-doctoral fellowship for Revolt! On a Refusal to Sing—Thinking Resistance Through Music, Waste and Complicity.

Contact: juresa.jelena(at)gmail(dot)com