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Chapter Arts Centre: Dragana Jurisic – Seeing Things - 20 Mar 2009 to 20 Apr 2009

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20 Mar 2009 to 20 Apr 2009

Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10am–9pm
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
Canton
CF5 1QE
Cardiff
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Dragana Jurisic, Instant Identity Images, 2006-07.
C-type print, dimensions variable
Image courtesy of the artist
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www.draganajurisic.com

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John & Graham Beagles & Ramsay
Olaf Breuning
Nadia Hebson
Zoe Mendelson
Chris Evans
Anthony Shapland
Alex Gene Morrison



Artists in this exhibition: Dragana Jurisic


Assembly: Art in the Bar

Dragana Jurisic – Seeing Things

Exhibition: Friday 20 March – Sunday 20 April 2009
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10am–9pm


In 2006 Croatian born photographer, Dragana Jurisic was commissioned by Combat Poverty to undertake the production of a bank of documentary photographs that explored the scope and scale of poverty in contemporary Ireland; the images would be used to help raise awareness of the nature, causes and effect of poverty there.

The resulting body of works exhibited together in Chapter for the first time blend sharp detail with documentary detachment to create a poignant realism that calls into question the photographer’s role as cultural commentator and our own assumptions about the nature of truth and objectivity.

For Jurisic, the uncomfortable process of recording people’s lives has become the central concern of her work. She uses the camera as a shield to protect the audience from the reality of both the subject that she chooses and the environment in which she finds herself; the penetrating images leave the viewer with a feeling of detachment and unease; anticipation and loss; they are eerily still and contain a certain sense of foreboding that transforms the scenes from the mundane to the intriguing.

This sense of intrigue is often heightened by the artist’s use of the bird motif: they hover above cars, flock around the subject and threaten regularly to penetrate your personal space. For Jurisic, the bird is symbolic of the photographer, free to come, survey, and leave when the work is done. For the viewer, the bird could also represent the means to escape the confinements of their surroundings.

Dragana Jurisic graduated from University of Wales, Newport with an MFA Documentary Photography in 2008. She exhibited at Ffotogallery, Penarth as part of a group exhibition ‘There and Back’, and in the group exhibition ‘Distill(ed)’ at Menier Gallery, London in January 2009.

Dragana Jurisic is based in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, press images or to arrange an interview with the artist please contact the visual arts team on 029 2031 1050 or email visual.arts@chapter.org







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