- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: ROMA Publications; 01 edition (Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9077459502
- ISBN-13: 978-9077459508
- Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 1.2 x 33.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jan Kempemaers: Spomenik Hardcover – 1 Sep 2010
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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 this book 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.
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In short, the idea is fantastic. It just wasn't taken NEARLY far enough...and now that it's been done once, I doubt anyone will redo it, and do it properly.