I’m curating the exhibition ‘Memory Betrays Everybody’ at the Black Box at the UNSW Art & Design opening in the last week of May. Comprising video, projections, prints and installation, ‘Memory Betrays Everybody’ will feature the work of Dublin based photographer and writer Dragana Jurišić and Sydney based artist, Biljana Jančić.
Ove the next month I will be presenting elements from the exhibition and information regarding both of the exhibiting artists.
Dragana Jurišić was born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia (then Yugoslavia). She is currently based in Dublin, Ireland. After the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991, an entire country disappeared and nearly 1.5 million Yugoslavs vanished into thin air. Today, in the countries that came into being after Yugoslavia’s disintegration, there is total denial of that former identity. Her book YU: The Lost Country looks at the effects of exile and displacement on memory and identity from the eyes of an exile. Now, more than twenty years after the war, she feels at the safe distance to recall and question her own memories of both the place and the events she personally experienced.
Image and text taken from YU: The Lost Country by Dragana Jurišić.