Dragana Jurisic


Dragana Jurišić's  is an award winning artist with an international reputation. Her project, My Own Unknown, has been exhibited globally including Gallery of Photography, Dublin (2018); Centre Culturel Irlandaise, Paris (2017); Rawson Projects Gallery, New York (2016); and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (2016). Jurišić’s photobook and series, YU: The Lost Country, is world renowned and has been exhibited at Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groningen (2018); Organ Vida Festival, Zagreb (2017); RHA Gallery, Dublin (2014); and originally at Belfast Exposed (2013). She is in many collections including National Gallery Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin City Council. Her major work 100 Muses (2015) is in the public collection of the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2019, Jurišić completed the IMMA 1000 residency, and is nominated for the Zurich Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland for her portrait of poet Paula Meehan, from their collaborative book Museum, commissioned by Dublin City Council. Jurišić is an Assistant Professor DCU since August 2019 . She is also Visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales (2018-2021) and an International Mentor at the MA in Photography - PhotographyStudies College, Melbourne, Australia. 


Year Publication
2020 Dragana Jurišić, Sarah Cave (2020) The Merits of Tracer Fire. Derry: Abridged. [Link]
2019 Dragana Jurišić, Paula Meehan (2019) Museum. Dublin: Dublin City Council.
2015 Dragana Jurišić (2015) YU: The Lost Country. Dublin: Oonagh Young Gallery. [Link]
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
University of South Wales Visiting Fellow 01/10/2018 - 01/10/2021
Photography Studies College Melbourne International Mentor 27/02/2017 - 28/02/2021

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/11/2020 Northern Ireland Screen Pitch Award Northern Ireland Screen
01/03/2019 Golden Fleece Special Recognition Award The Golden Fleece
01/04/2019 Bursary Award Arts Council Ireland
01/01/2018 Hundred Heroines Royal Photographic Society
01/04/2018 Membership Studio Award Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
01/01/2017 Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust
01/01/2017 1000 Residency Award Irish Museum of Modern Art
01/01/2017 Bursary Award Arts Council Ireland
01/01/2017 Culture Ireland Award Culture Ireland
01/01/2016 Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award Centre Culturel Irlandais
01/01/2016 Bursary Award Arts Council Ireland
01/11/2014 Lange-Taylor Prize Special Recognition Duke University
01/01/2014 Fire Station Studio Award Fire Station Studios
01/01/2014 Project Award Arts Council Ireland
01/01/2014 Emerging Visual Artist Award Wexford Arts Centre
01/01/2014 Membership Studio Award Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
01/01/2013 Bursary Award Arts Council Ireland
01/01/2013 RHA Studio Award Royal Hibernian Academy
01/01/2012 Travel and Training Award Arts Council Ireland
01/01/2011 The Curtin - O’Donoghue Emerging Photographic Artist Award Royal Hibernian Academy
01/01/2011 Student Graduate Prize The International Rebecca West Society
01/01/2011 Imagine Ireland Award Culture Ireland
01/01/2009 MAstars Axis
01/01/2009 Project Award Wales Arts International


Committee Function From / To
Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee 29/03/2021 - 29/03/2023
Faculty Research Ethics Committee 01/09/2021 - 01/09/2024


Employer Position From / To
Dublin Business School Lecturer 07/09/2009 - 17/04/2019
St. John of God Hospital Social Care Worker 01/01/2000 - 01/08/2008
Bogoslav Šulek Primary School Educational Psychologist 01/05/1998 - 01/05/1999


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
University of South Wales PhD
University of South Wales MFA
University of Rijeka BA


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Serbian Fluent Fluent Fluent
Croatian Fluent Fluent Fluent

Other Activities

How We See: Photobooks by Women a publication featuring Laia Abril, Ying Ang, Olivia Arthur, Sophie Calle, Xiaoyi Chen, Zoe Croggon, Cristina de Middel, Laura El-Tantawy, Abigail Heyman, Hannah Höch, Dragana Jurisc, Kristina Jurotschkin, Pixy Liao, Susan Meiselas, Zanele Muholi, Yurie Nagashima, Catherine Opie, Maya Rochat, Guadalupe Ruiz, Eva Saukane, Collier Schorr, Ketaki Sheth, Lieko Shiga, Dayanita Singh, Mitra Tabrizian, Carrie Mae Weems, among many others. See 10x10photobooks.org for more information.

Creative Outputs

Year Title Type
2022 Dangerous Bodies Exhibition
2021 Zurich Portrait Prize Exhibition
2021 My Heart Won't Let Me Sleep Artwork
2021 Addressing the Nation Recording
2020 The Merits of Tracer Fire Exhibition
2020 Something From There Exhibition
2020 Home | Ireland Documentary
2020 Worlds Without End Exhibition
2020 Mnemosyne's Daughters Exhibition
2020 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2020 Photo London Exhibition
2020 Divine Discontent Artwork
2019 The Other Side Exhibition
2019 Rebel Goddess Exhibition
2019 RHA X Exhibition
2019 Zurich Portrait Prize Exhibition
2019 View of Ireland Exhibition
2019 Ode to Ivan Exhibition
2019 Memory Betrays Everybody Exhibition
2019 Field Notes From the Border #3 Exhibition
2019 Process 1000/1 Exhibition
2018 Naked Truth Exhibition
2018 Reframing the Border Exhibition
2018 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2018 But Still Like Dust I'll Rise Exhibition
2018 An Act of Hospitality Can Only be Poetic Artwork
2018 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2018 My Own Unknown Exhibition
2017 Outposts Exhibition
2017 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2017 Inspiration and Rivalry: After Vermeer Artwork
2017 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2017 My Own Unknown Exhibition
2017 My Own Unknown Exhibition
2017 My Own Unknown Exhibition
2017 My Own Unknown Exhibition
2016 The Museum of August Destiny Exhibition
2016 My Own Unknown Exhibition
2016 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2016 My Own Unknown Exhibition
2016 My Own Unknown Exhibition
2016 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2016 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2015 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2015 100 MUSES Exhibition
2014 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2013 YU: The Lost Country Exhibition
2011 A Riddle Exhibition
2011 Seeing Things Exhibition
2011 Seeing Things Exhibition

Enterprise Engagement

Year Engagement Type Client Description
2021 Invited talk/presentation Limerick School of Art and Design Artist talk
2021 Invited talk/presentation University of Maynooth Department of English Writer-in-Residence Event: Writing is...Dragana Jurisic
2020 Invited talk/presentation National College of Art and Design NCAD MA Design History and Material Culture / National Museum of Ireland Material Futures public talks series
2019 Invited talk/presentation Ulster University Artist talk
2019 Invited talk/presentation University of Cambridge People, things, ideas and languages have crossed borders since the earliest of times. Such passages have entailed epistemic shifts and encounters, transactions and transformations. A Crossroads of Knowledge initiative, this public event brings together scholars, artists and activists to think about migration and what it does with, and to, knowledge. In tune with the Crossroads project, we begin in the early modern world, but move freely across periods to dwell on the urgent experience of migrancy in our own times. We aim to acknowledge the many meanings of ‘migration’ and ‘knowledge’, to probe the history of their interrelation, and to use our imaginative engagement with crossings of knowledge in its many forms. The five-year ERC-funded project, Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature, is based jointly in the Faculty of English and CRASSH, at the University of Cambridge.

Outreach Activities

Year Engagement Type Organisation Description
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Centre Culturel Irlandais Worldwide, 2020 was the year of the televised address of the nation, with diligent speech-writers working in over-drive, constructing emotive speeches which have both reinforced our awareness of the fragility of human existence and inspired altruistic acts of humanity. New language has been developed to describe new circumstances. Unfamiliar words have become common currency. To mark the beginning of a New Year and look forward, we hope, to an era post-COVID-19, the CCI has commissioned 40 artists to address the world with their reflections on the times in which we live: choreographers, theatre makers, writers, musicians, visual artists and filmmakers convey their values, their preoccupations, their anger and frustrations as well as messages of courage, joy, gratitude, desire and aspiration in this month of January.
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Hugh Lane Gallery Worlds Without End conference in the Hugh Lane Gallery, 1st October at 4pm.
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Four Corners Gallery Photographers Dragana Jurisic, Amak Mahmoodian and Eileen Perrier will discuss their work in relation to ideas of identity, belonging and Britishness, and how their personal histories of migration and exile have influenced them.
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Hugh Lane Gallery A live online talk on her work in the Worlds Without End exhibition.
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Belfast Photo Festival The long-standing male gaze in visual Culture is flipped on its head and we will be exploring what it means to be female on both sides of the lens and how this charges the subject and the artist with layers of historical, social and cultural responsibility. From themes relating to exile, migration and what happens when a female artist looks at a female body, to portrayal of the female in the everyday experiences of inner city life, we will be exploring the depiction of the female figure, from the female perspective. The panel: Marie-Louise Muir – Presenter (BBC) Hannah Starkey – Photographic Artist specialising in staged settings Dragana Jurisic – Award winning multidisplinary artist working with image, text and video
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Galleri Format A conversation between Dragana Jurišić and Malmö based writer and poet, Merima Dizdarević, that took place at Gallery Format and online on Thursday 10th September
Presentations/Talks to an external audience National Gallery Ireland Apollo Projects Creative Careers talk at National Gallery Ireland
Presentations/Talks to an external audience National Museum of Ireland An Outsider’s Eye: Photographing 1950s Ireland: A special panel discussion at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks on Saturday 15th of February, to discuss the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange and others, in Ireland.
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Royal Hibernian Academy Senior curator of contemporary fashion at London’s V&A, Oriole Cullen, will host a panel discussion on Saturday, 16th November, from 2pm to 3.30pm in the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) with renowned fashion designer, Roland Mouret, and the acclaimed Irish-based visual artist, Dragana Jurišić, for the inaugural, RHA X.
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Arnolfini Iranian-born and Bristol-based artist Amak Mahmoodian (Shortlisted, Time Magazine's Best Photobook of the Year 2016) has assembled a group of extraordinary photographic artists - Maria Kapajeva, Hanna Darabi, and Dragana Jurisic. Together with facilitator Colin Pantall, these artists will discuss their practices, the relationship of artistic and documentary photography to place, and notions of resistance, identity, and memory.
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Scottish National Gallery Dragana Jurišić is a Dublin-based photographer whose work was at the centre of a dispute with social media platforms. She will be reflecting on her experience and how it relates to the work of Arbus, Woodman and Mapplethorpe.
Presentations/Talks to an external audience National Gallery Ireland National Gallery Ireland 'Borders' symposium
Presentations/Talks to an external audience dlR Lexicon An artist talk in dlR Lexicon on Censorship in Ireland from The Country Girls to ‘100 Muses’ on 29th


Title Year Type Authors
News: Exhibition Inspired by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić 2021 Television interview/panel discussion
Forgotten Ivana: Between the Art and Motherhood 2021 Newspaper article (Print) Snježana Pavić
Artists' Takeover: Dragana Jurišić 2021 Newspaper article (online) Dragana Jurišić
Pictures of YU 2021 Podcast Peter Korchnak
Four Decades of the Lens: Dragana Jurišić 2020 Newspaper article (online) Arts Council Ireland
'RHA X' Artist Dragana Jurišic On The Importance Of Photos In The Creation Of Our Own Self-Narratives 2020 Newspaper article (Print) Amy Heffernan
2020 at the Gallery of Photography Ireland 2020 Newspaper article (online) Trish Lambe
The Other Side? – Borderlands in Contemporary Irish Art 2020 Newspaper article (online) Anne Mager
Hundred Heroines: Dragana Jurišić 2020 Newspaper article (online) Emma Godfrey Pigott
Work of the Week | 27 October 2020 2020 Newspaper article (online) Michael Waldron
Re-considering #8 - Art + Writing: EYE: Dragana Jurisic and Kevin Breathnach 2020 Documentary Dimitra Xidous
Ireland Creates with Aisling O' Rourke 2020 Podcast Aisling O' Rourke
Why the designer behind the iconic Galaxy dress, Roland Mouret, is coming to Dublin 2019 Newspaper article (Print) Ruth O'Connor
Looking In: Dragana Jurisic 2019 Newspaper article (Print)
• Interview – with Locky Morris, Dragana Jurišić & Ciarán Óg Arnold, ‘The Physicality of Looking’ 2019 Newspaper article (Print) Joanne Laws
Dragana Jurišić Interview 2019 Documentary Anneka French
Poet Paula Meehan and photographer Dragana Jurisic collaborate on a new book MUSEUM 2019 Newspaper article (online) David O'Donnell
Roland Mouret: In Ireland, the air smells different and people are like family 2019 Newspaper article (Print) Gemma Tipton
Irish Photographer Dragana Jurisic Collaborates with Roland Mouret 2019 Newspaper article (Print) The Gloss
Meet the Fleabag school of contemporary Irish painting 2019 Documentary Aidan Dunne
Golden Fleece Award banishes border between art and craft 2019 Newspaper article (Print) Aidan Dunne
The best of what’s on this week 2019 Newspaper article (Print) Mel Clarke
Family histories 2019 Newspaper article (online) Anneka French
Something From There 2021 Newspaper article (online) Hundred Heroines
Something From There 2021 Podcast National Gallery Ireland

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
On the Edge: Photography, place and the Inner Suburb in the Geographical Imagination by Mandy O’Neill DCU PI 01/09/2021 31/08/2024

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
O Neill ,Mandy PhD-track Supervisor

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Major Project: Group Production CM377
2022 New Media & Society CM275
2022 Digital Media Skills CM121
2022 Imaging and Design CM554
2022 Photojournalism CM2760
2022 Photography & Imaging CM206