Seeing Things addresses issues on both a socio-cultural and photographic level. Firstly, it references the work I was occupied with from November 2006 – February 2008, on the largely overlooked social problem of poverty in modern Ireland. Secondly, it questions the nature of photographic seeing. Are photographers, as Badger says standing back and taking the wider view which separates them both physically and psychologically from their subjects ‘like the gods gazing down on the earth with Olympian dispassion’; or are they hiding with their presented vision, the hurt that they experience in the process? Does this predicament to get taken by the visual beauty of the scene in front of them – even a very upsetting one - override what is essential to one’s mental health – the optimism of memory? Are photographers tricked by beauty? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
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Dragana Jurisic completed the Masters in Fine Art in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, receiving a distinction for her work. In 2009, she was selected as an Axis MAstar, “An annual selection of the most promising artist from the UK’s leading MA courses” and shortlisted for the Emerging Visual Artist Award. In June 2010, she was selected as one of the finalists for The Julia Margaret Cameron Award, a worldwide competition for women photographers. Over the last year and a half, she had participated in twelve group exhibitions in UK, Germany, Slovenia, Canada and Ireland, and she also had a critically acclaimed solo exhibition ‘Seeing Things’ in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in March 2009.
Seeing Things Published July 10, 2010