Following the second world war, Yugoslavia was a powerful, confident, socialist republic. Or at least their President, Josip Broz Tito, tried to project that image to the world. He commissioned the finest architects and designers to build thousands of magnificent statues throughout his country called ‘Spomeniks’.
Jan Kempenaers traveled the Balkins during the 1980’s photographing some of these enormous sculptures that lay abandoned throughout the former country of Yugoslavia (now made up of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia).
These are some of his photographs accompanied by the names of the monuments and the cities and countries they reside in.
Monument To Fallen Patriots
Located in Niksic, Montenegro
Monument to Zenica Partisan Detachment
Located in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Located in Jasenovac, Croatia
Located in Kruševo, Macedonia
Susanjar Memorial Complex
Located in Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Located in Kosmaj, Serbia
Monument To The Revolution
Located in Kozara, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Monument to the Revolution of the people of Moslavina
Located in Podgaric, Croatia
Located in Nis, Serbia
Located in Kolasin, Montenegro
Located in Kadinjaca, Serbia
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