Ahmedabad is not really a typical place on the list when visiting India, we have only seen a spattering of other ‘visitors’ to the city since our arrival. Around every corner I have been coming across an array of cast concrete ornamentation on buildings new and old which has been an unexpected bonus for this visit. We came here for the kite festival but have already had two very full and fascinating days prior to it even starting.
Cooper Residence Orleans, Massachusetts
The futuristic monuments photographed by Jan Kempenaers as he traveled throughout the Balkans, are part of a series of monuments 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). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their “patriotic education.” After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned.
Born 1984 in Kassel Tim Mackerodt worked in South Africa for 12 months before finishing a BA in International Business Studies in 2008. He has currently been studying Product Design at the School of Art and Design in Kassel since 2009.
Solo House Casa Pezo. Spain.