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Monumental Undertakings of Photography, Design, and History

Well, here are some things you don’t see everyday – unless, I suppose, you live in the Balkans.

Back in 2010, Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers set out across the Balkans, intending to capture a number of more-or-less abandoned monuments. Former Yugoslavian prime minister and president Josip Broz Tito commissioned these monuments back in the 1960s and 1970s, and today each structure stands on the site of a World War II battle or former concentration camp. While these sites were popular attractions into the 1980s, their import has lessened since the breakup of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Their designs are so varied, yet – to me, anyway – so many of these monuments invoke ideas of physical violence, of peoples and nations torn apart by conflict. There is also a touch of the futuristic, I think – perhaps meant to suggest a unique and promising future. It would be interesting to discuss the ways in which these monuments’ perceived meanings have changed with the passage of time.

Via Feature Shoot.

This entry was published on February 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM. It’s filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Monumental Undertakings of Photography, Design, and History

  1. Steve Ramirez on said:

    Somewhere between stunning and bizzarre.

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