Jelena Jureša

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BornNovi Sad, Yugoslavia
  • Multidisciplinary artist
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Jelena Jureša (born 1974, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia) is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Ghent, Belgium.


Jelena Jureša graduated at the Art Academy of Novi Sad. In 2014 she moved to Belgium where she obtained her PhD in arts from Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, and KASK & Conservatorium. In 2017, she was granted a research project at Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)|KASK School of Arts for Unfolding Amnesia: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Artistic Practices and the Politics of Oblivion. She is affiliated with KASK School of Arts where she is developing her project Revolt! On a Refusal to Sing—Thinking Resistance Through Music, Waste and Complicity (2020-2026)[1]


Jelena Jureša's practice involves a long term in-depth research. In her films, photography, video installations and texts, she explores issues of cultural identity, gender, memory politics and forgetting and collective violence[2]. Her latest film project Aphasia is interweaves the history of lens-based media and its use in creating collective, national identity during and after crimes that led to colonial genocide, the Holocaust, and the mass murders during the civil war in Yugoslavia. This experimental feature documentary focuses on the absurdity that arises from the collective silence surrounding crime and the compartmentalization of historical events. The film was produced by ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts where it was exhibited in a solo exhibition in 2019. It premiered at the 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF in Prague where it won the main award within the First Lights section. Aphasia was shown within the program of Contour Biennale in Mechelen in 2019 together with a new film installation Ubundu commissioned by the biennale. Ubundu is a film poem inspired by the writings of W. G. Sebald|W.G. Sebald and his comments on the “ugliness of Belgium” as a result of emerging amnesia and the participation of all Belgians in the exploitation of Congolese resources. Through the multimedia project Mira, Study for a Portrait, Jureša examines the possibility of multilayer photographic and micro-narratives and construction of post-memory of a Balkan family.

Exhibitions and Screenings

Selected exhibitions & screenings

  • 2020 The exhibition Not Fully Human, Not Human at All, :de:Kunstverein_in_Hamburg|Kunstverein Hamburg, curated by Nataša Petrešin Bachelez and Sabine Steinbrügge looks into processes of dehumanization that are taking place in Europe.
  • 2020 Curated program at DocLisboa, Festival International de Cinema - Doclisboa '20, Lisbon focusing on the work of the artist Jelena Juresa[3]
  • 2020 The 3rd Industrial Art Biennial (IAB): Ride into the Sun, Rijeka[4]
  • 2020 Who Has the Freedom to Forget? - conversation with Galit Eilat and Erden Kosova, BI'BAK, within Art in Dark Times (20.05.2020 to 30.11.2020)[5]
  • 2020 UBUNDU - ART IN DARK TIMES, BI’BAK, Berlin Art Week, curated by Galit Eilat and Erden Kosova[6]
  • 2020 Reflections of our time: Acquisitions of the Museum of Contemporary Art 1993-2019, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade[7]
  • 2019 Contour 9 Biennial, Coltan as Cotton, Mechelen[8]
  • 2019 Leap and Dive - Identity of Female Artists in (New)media Practice, Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad.[9]
  • 2019 Without Anesthesia, 54. Zagreb Salon, HDLU Croatian Association of Artists, Zagreb[10]
  • 2019 Artist Cinema: Aphasia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb[11]
  • 2019 Aphasia, 23rd JiHlava IDFF (main award)[12]
  • 2019 APHASIA in the frame of DISSENT! Cinema of Politics, Politics of CInema, an initiative of ARGOS,
  • 2019 Aphasia, Argos-Centre for Art and Media, Brussels[13] [14]
  • 2018 Song, Out of Sight, Antwerp[15]


Aphasia. Texts by Berber Bevernage, Eline Mestdagh, Branka Benčić, Barbara Matejčić, Rolf Quaghebeur, Asa Mendelsohn and Jelena Jureša. Published by Argos, KASK, MER. Borgerhoff & Lamberigts. 
2019.[16] ISBN 978 94 6393 042 0

Mira Study For A Portrait, [17] Fotohof edition 2014-Vol 194. Published by Fotohof. 
ISBN 978-3-902675-94-1

Mira Study For A Portrait, Reader. Texts by Branka Benčić, Una Popović, Christel Stalpaert, Aneta Stojnić and Jelena Jureša. Published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade[18]
In collaboration with the City Galleries, Osijek, 2016. ISBN 978-86-7101-330-7

What It Feels Like For A Girl, Texts by Suzana Milevska and Milanka Todić. Published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina 
Co-publisher: Fund for the Development of Investigative Journalism and New Media – FORIN, 2014. ISBN 978-86-84773-56-4 2


  1. "Arts of Oblivion".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Cultural Memory Studies Initiative".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Doclisboa 2020".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Apoteka - Home".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Art in Dark Times".
  6. "Art in Dark Times: Video Programme | Berlin Art Week".
  7. "Reflections of our time: Acquisitions of the Museum of Contemporary Art 1993-2019".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Contour 9 - Jelena Jureša".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "The joint opening of the two exhibitions: LEAP AND DIVE | Identity of female artists in (new)media practice".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "ANNOUNCEMENT: THE 54TH ZAGREB SALON – WITHOUT ANESTHESIA | Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU)".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti".
  12. "Review: Aphasia".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "ARGOS centre for art and media".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "Tique | publication on contemporary art".
  15. "Out of Sight".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. "Aphasia - MER".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. "Fotohof".
  18. "Jelena Jureša: Mira, Study for a Portrait".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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