Paris fog IV, 2016 © Dragana Jurisic
Paris fog IV, 2016 © Dragana Jurisic 

Dragana Jurisic - My own unknown

09/11/2017 - 07/01/2018

Centre culturel irlandais 
5, rue des Irlandais 
75005 Paris   

In 1954, a farm girl disappeared from a village in rural Yugoslavia. Rumour has it that she fled to Paris where she led a double life as a spy until her death in the 1980s. A ravishing woman, she was Dragana Jurisic's aunt. Recovered from her few personal belongings, was a colour photograph in which she is seen striking an unsettling pose – hypnotic yet ambiguously charming. Almost a century earlier, another mysterious beauty in Paris, “L'Inconnue de la Seine”, was immortalized in a death mask and celebrated by artists and writers alike. These two female characters together with the artist herself form the protagonists of Dublin-based photographer Dragana Juriši?'s exhibition My Own Unknown. Photography and texts create a multi-voiced narrative addressing personal, family history and the desire for freedom with the entailing complexities of exile, politics and betrayal.