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Jelena Jureša - Aphasia

Jelena Jureša

Exhibition : Sunday 19 May → Sunday 14 July

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Werfstraat/ Rue du Chantier, 13 - 1000 Brussels map

Jelena Jureša (1974, Novi Sad) works through photography, video and text with questions around identity, politics of memory and oblivion. The focus of her work is the relationship between the observer and the observed within the confines of the image and the notion of truth. She combines private memories with artefacts and political and historical narratives. Her new installation Aphasia focus on the absurdity that arises from the collective silence surrounding crime and the compartmentalization of historical events. In medical vocabulary 'aphasia' refers to the sufferer’s difficulty in finding words or losing the ability to speak. Tracing the line between Belgian colonialism, Austrian anti-Semitism and the war in Yugoslavia, Jureša focuses on collective, historical blind spots and the difficulty of speaking about a shared, troubled past. Aphasia interweaves the history of audio-visual media and their use in creating collective and national identity during and after the crimes that led to colonial genocide, the Holocaust and the mass murders during the civil war in Yugoslavia. Or how strategically ignoring the crimes stemming from continuous and structural processes of dehumanisation remains a fundamental characteristic of our western societies.