May 24, 2011

Forgotten Monuments from the former Yugoslavia


Podgaric – Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

Below you will find an incredible collection of photographs by Jan Kempenaers. All of the images are from his book, simply titled Spomenik. You can find the book for sale through his publisher Roma Publications or on Amazon. Details about these fascinating monuments along with a brief overview of Yugoslavia can also be found below. Enjoy!

 

2. Kosmaj


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

3. Tjentište


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

4. Niš


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

5. Kadinjaca


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

6. Petrova Gora


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

7. Kozara


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

8. Mitrovica


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

SPOMENIK BY JAN KEMPENAERS

During the 1960s and 70s, thousands of monuments commemorating the Second World War called ‘Spomeniks’ were built throughout the former Yugoslavia; striking monumental sculptures, with an angular geometry echoing the shapes of flowers, crystals, and macro-views of viruses or DNA.

In the 1980s the Spomeniks still attracted millions of visitors from the Eastern bloc; today they are largely neglected and unknown, their symbolism lost and unwanted.

Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers travelled the Balkans photographing these eerie objects, presented in the book Spomenik as a powerful typological series. The beauty and mystery of the isolated, crumbling Spomeniks informs Kempenaer’s enquiry into memory, found beauty, and whether former monuments can function as pure sculpture.

 

9. Sanski Most


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

10. Jasenovac


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

11. Kruševo


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

12. Grmec


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

13. Korenica


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

14. Makljen


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

15. Kolašin


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

16. Brezovica


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

YUGOSLAVIA

Yugoslavia is a term that describes three political entities that existed successively on the western part of the Balkans, during most of the 20th century.

The first country to be known by this name was the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, which before 3 October 1929, was known as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. It was established on 1 December 1918 by the union of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and the Kingdom of Serbia (to which the Kingdom of Montenegro was annexed on 13 November 1918, and the Conference of Ambassadors in Paris gave international recognition to the union on 13 July 1922). The Kingdom of Yugoslavia was invaded by the Axis powers in 1941, and because of the events that followed, was officially abolished in 1943 and 1945.

The second country with this name was the Democratic Federal Yugoslavia, proclaimed in 1943 by the Yugoslav Partisans resistance movement during World War II. It was renamed to the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946, when a communist government was established. In 1963, it was renamed again to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). This was the largest Yugoslav state, as Istria, Rijeka and Zadar were added to the new Yugoslavia after the end of World War II.

The constituent six Socialist Republics and two Socialist Autonomous Provinces that made up the country were: SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SR Croatia, SR Macedonia, SR Montenegro, SR Slovenia and SR Serbia (including the autonomous provinces of Vojvodina and Kosovo which after 1974 were largely equal to the other members of the federation). Starting in 1991, the SFRY disintegrated in the Yugoslav Wars which followed the secession of most of the country’s constituent entities. The next Yugoslavia, known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, existed until 2003, when it was renamed Serbia and Montenegro. [Source: Wikipedia]

 

17. Ostra


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

18. Zenica


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

19. Sisak


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

20. Sinj


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

21. Ilirska Bistrica


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

22. Knin


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

23. Nikšic


Photograph by Jan Kempenaers

 

SOURCES

- JanKempenaers.info
– Photographs via ArchDaily
– For more information visit the American Society of Cinematographers
– To purchase Spomenik online visit: Roma Publications or Amazon

 

 

 

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