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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; monumental sculptures with angular geometry echoing the shapes of flowers, crystals, viruses or DNA. Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers travelled the Balkans photographing these objects.

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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).

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