Fond of brutalist structures, when the former Soviet Union fell it left behind a landscape littered with striking architecture for curious photographers to one day explore. Touring the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers has made the heavy stone monuments and memorials bordering forests, high on hillsides and city centers his muses. Shot solely in black and white, the memorials captured in the likes of Belarus, Serbia and Kosovo are startling, concrete monoliths dedicated to the end of one form of oppression, before welcoming another.

Inspired after seeing the spomenick (the Serbian world for monument) in art history books, Kempenaers was intrigued enough to set about capturing the stark and at times surreal, Soviet remnants.

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