My guest this week is Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers. Jan broke out on the photography scene in 2010 when he published a book called Spomenik. The book documents the giant geometric sculptures that were built across the countryside of the former Yugoslavia in the 1960s and 1970 as monuments to World War II battles. Before Jan’s project, the monuments were largely unknown except to the people in the small towns where they’re located. Jan traveled to isolated sites across the Balkans to photograph these alien-looking sculptures.
Earlier this year, Jan published a new book of photographs called Picturesque which features photographs of landscapes, ruins and architecture. He’s interested in exploring the ways that contemporary landscapes relate to classical ideas of picturesque beauty.
I recently spoke with Jan over the phone about his Spomenik project and his new book. Stay tuned.
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