During the 1960’s and 70’s, the former President of Yugoslavia, Tito, erected thousands of ‘Spomenik’ sculptures at sites of World War II battles, concentration camps and cemeteries. To represent the strength and confidence of the new Socialist Republic, each monument was built out of indestructible materials like reinforced concrete, steel and granite.
In the early 90’s, the majority of Spomeniks were destroyed or dismantled. Only the largest of the large were left to stand in the desolate landscape. Thankfully Belgian photographer, Jan Kempenaers, spent three years capturing these geometric – almost space age – monuments for his book, Spomenik: The End of History. The resulting images are haunting and extraordinary. A snapshot of a moment that has passed and at the same time such a futuristic visual statement.
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