Jelena Jureša
MIRA, STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT
2014

Published by
FOTOHOF, Salzburg

‘Like a family album with its linen-embossed cover and single inset snapshot, the book Mira, Study for a Portrait is a meticulous artistic re-creation of one woman, one family, one country’s life. Jelena Jureša traces Mira’s life and the story of the Perera family, a family of Sephardi Jews, during their life in prewar Bijeljina, Bosnia. The intimate journey is re-created by Jureša using found photographs while photographing and filming the places depicted in the narrative. Beginning with Mira’s birth and childhood, her life first in Belgrade, later in Sarajevo, the birth of her children, her marriage, divorce, and work in an old people’s home, ending with her tragic death in 1990 when the riots broke out heralding the beginning of the war in Croatia and the fragmentation of former Yugoslavia. This project not only tells the story of a woman’s journey through life, but the parallel story of a nation that would fall into a brutal civil war, in many ways mimicking the tragedy of Mira’s life.’

From publisher’s text, FOTOHOF
Fotohof edition 2014-Vol. 194
English
Hardcover, Linnen
16,5 x 21 cm, 320 pages
44 bw and 110 color plates
Text: Jelena Jureša
Editor: Tim Kerslake
Design: Filip Bojović and Predrag Nikolić
Images via: Filip Bojovic
Available in Europe