Jelena Jureša (Yugoslavia) is a visual artist and filmmaker. In 2020 she was granted a post-doc position in Ghent at KASK School of Arts. She has been extensively working with the questions of cultural identity, gender, politics of memory, oblivion, and collective violence through film, video installation, photography and text. In her works, Jureša relates individual stories to collective processes of oblivion and remembrance. She unceasingly questions historical and political narratives and tries to destabilise our ideas of what is true.
Jureša was invited in the spring of 2021 for a citybook residency in Bruges, to create a visual portrait inspired by this city. The resulting photo series is entitled ‘Gestures’. Besides her citybooks participation, Jureša is collaborating with citybooks partner KAAP on two other projects: a performance and the creation of a new work (working title ‘She’s Lost Control’) within the production of Mind the Artist.
Jelena Jureša created an intriguing city portrait in 24 photos, loosely connecting past and present to tell a new story.
‘I used to feel claustrophobic in Bruges. Not because of the city’s narrow streets or stage-like facades. The feeling of discomfort was usually caused by a steady stampede of white American tourists. Clutching their cameras and phones, they consider the city of Bruges a perfect backdrop for the photographic trophies they like to take back home. During the pandemic, however, the city seemed an abandoned set.’
Jelena set out with her camera and discovered a daily dose of drama, aches and pains in its interiors. She found herself glued to the hand gestures painted by the Flemish Primitives, staring at them obsessively.