Just around the corner of St Stephens Green, tucked away on Ely Place is the wonderful RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy). For the 185th time the RHA Annual Exhibition is opening its doors to show more than 500 pieces of art (26th May – 9th August).
Like every year most works are curated through an open submission, and like every year it is a visual feast and a thought provoking experience.
This year one of the pieces that caught quite a lot of attention is Dragana Jurisic’s #23 of 100 Muses. This study of a seated nude is not only beautiful but raw, and shows the female form without any excuses.
As the Irish Times puts it in today’s paper: Dragana Jurisic’s photograph, #23 of 100 Muses, a study of a seated, nude figure, is a considerable work. Jurisic is a well-established photographic artist, and this piece, from a project on the “female gaze”, has real gravity and presence and none of the flimsiness increasingly identified with photography as disseminated through Instagram and other digital platforms.
But #23 of 100 Muses is just a taste of what the project #100 Muses has in store. As part of a much larger project the 100 Muses sadly won’t been on display just yet. But to wet the appetite ArtBox is allowing a sneak peek of the work.
For one whole month (29th May – 27th June) ArtBox is exhibiting the first chapter of Dragana’s work. #100Muses inspiring Dublin to embrace a true celebration of the female form in all it’s complexity, beauty and power.