Jan Kempenaers

After seeing the amazing photographs of the Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers my 'Things-i-wanna-do-&-see-in-my-life-list' has got a new destination: The Balkans!
I am simply in love with those monumental socialist sculptures which Jan Kempenaers captured in the former yugoslavian countries (like Croatia, Serbia, Bosia & Herzegovina, Slovenia) and would love to see them with my own two eyes through the lens of my camera.

These impressing monuments called 'Spomeniks' were built during the 1960s and 1970s under the yugoslavian government of the president Josip Broz Tito in order to commemorate sites where battles took place in the Second World War and to demonstrate the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. Sculptors like Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul and architects like Bogdan Bogdanović and Gradimir Medaković contributed to the creation of those monuments which attracted millions of visitors in the 1980s, yet being almost forgotten and unknown.

It was Jan Kempenaers traveling between 2006 and 2009 through the Balkans, exploring the region using a 1975 map of the memorials and  compiling several dozen of images into the book 'Spomeniks' from Roma Publications in which i'll give you a little insight with the following images.


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