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    28 Jan 2017

    25 Abandoned Yugoslavia Monuments that look like they're from the Future

    These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković...), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their "patriotic education." After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost.

    From 2006 to 2009, Kempenaers toured around the ex-Yugoslavia region (now Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.) with the help of a 1975 map of memorials, bringing before our eyes a series of melancholy yet striking images. His photos raise a question: can these former monuments continue to exist as pure sculptures? On one hand, their physical dilapidated condition and institutional neglect reflect a more general social historical fracturing. And on the other hand, they are still of stunning beauty without any symbolic significances.

    Podgarić
    Petrova Gora
    Kosmaj
    Tjentište
    Kruševo
    Kozara
    Grmeč
    Ilirska Bistrica
    Jasenovac
    Sanski Most
    Niš
    Košute
    Korenica
    Knin
    Makljen
    Tjentište
    Kolašin
    Kadinjača
    Mitrovica
    Brezovica
    Kamenska
    Ostra
    Sisak
    Nikšić
    Sinj
    Zenica
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