Jelena Jureša in discussion with Galit Eilat and Erden Kosova.
The video works of the artist Jelena Juresa deal with the psychological effects of political violence. State-supported terror and its dehumanisation policies, collective silence, and amnesia on crimes that have been inflicted on masses, and the therapeutic mechanisms of memory are among the motifs of her recent practice. Juresa's films Aphasia and Ubundu from the year 2019 are a call to break the collective silence and to look at the blind spots that seem to have become a fundamental part of our European identity.
Jelena Juresa was born in Novi Sad and currently lives in Ghent. She has been extensively working with the questions of cultural identity, gender, politics of memory and oblivion through the media of photography, video and text. In her work, she relates individual stories and questions of identity to collective processes of oblivion and remembrance.
From the series:
ART IN DARK TIMES
Curated by Erden Kosova and Galit Eilat
The current pandemic paralysis of world societies has changed the definition of the term of ‘‘crisis’’ irreversibly, reinforcing the sense of deepening tectonic changes in relation with the inner structuring of our contemporary societies and the destruction of nature under capitalism.
Yet, the appeal to the term of ‘‘crisis’’ decade has already escalated along with successive complications within the political sphere: the turbulence of state sovereignty, the unravelling of basic premises of secularisation by the hands of new and traditional ideological movements, the rise of historical revisionism erasing past crimes to open up for new ones, increasing appeal to misogyny, majoritarian politics and authoritarianism, catastrophic consequences of hyper-consumption and conversely, undeclared resurgence of human slavery.
The series of talks framed as ART IN DARK TIMES will try to trace the ways in which artistic and cultural practices (curatorial projects, academic texts, activist campaigns, video and films) have been responding to these antagonising complications. Relating to the specific conflicts of their own burdened geographies, the invited guests will examine the interconnected and global character of these shifting grounds. The program of the series was conceived last autumn and adapted recently to the current pandemic circumstances.
More about the program:
Die Videoarbeiten der Künstlerin Jelena Juresa setzen sich mit den psychologischen Auswirkungen politischer Gewalt auseinander. Staatlich gestützter Terror und seine Entmenschlichungspolitik, das kollektive Schweigen sowie Amnesie von Verbrechen gegen die Bevölkerung und die therapeutischen Mechanismen der Erinnerung gehören zu den Motiven ihrer künstlerischen Praxis. Ihre Filme Aphasia and Ubundu sind ein Aufruf, das kollektive Schweigen zu brechen und die blinden Flecken zu betrachten, die ein grundlegender Bestandteil unserer europäischen Identität geworden zu sein scheinen.
Gefördert durch den Bezirkskulturfonds des Bezirksamt Mitte von Berlin