This portrait has the effect of a moving image within a still image. The subject is sitting in a shaft of light in a dimly lit background. She appears very animated, with her hands and head in motion.
Dragana Jurišić (b.1975), Paula Meehan, 2018. © Dragana Jurišić.

Dragana Jurišić

Paula Meehan, 2018

Photograph, 90 x 105 cm

‘My portrait of the renowned poet, Paula Meehan, is from our book Museum (2019), which is an ode to the history of, and the lives lived in, 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin’s museum of social history. Working primarily with image, text and video installation, my work interrogates issues of gender, stereotyping, identity, and the effects of exile and displacement on memory.’


Dragana Jurišić was born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia (then Yugoslavia), but now lives and works in Dublin. She received an MFA in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales in 2008 and a PhD from the European Centre for Photographic Research in 2013. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales until 2021. Jurišić makes deeply personal work exploring the power photography has over memory. Her work has been shown extensively in Ireland and abroad and has won numerous awards. 


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