The porcelain ladies of Jessica Harrison’s “Broken” series are lovely, graceful, and feminine. Of course, they’re also maimed and bloody. Harrison’s sculptures are violent and delicate, disturbing and funny. She creates the pieces by searching out secondhand, mass-produced ceramic figurines whose faces and poses appeal to her, then modifying them.
These imposing, space age, Halo-esque structures are monuments of former Yugoslavia’s Socialist Republic. For his project “Spomenik: The End of History,” Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers spent three years traveling around the Balkans to capture the forgotten structures. During the 60s and 70s, the Yugoslavian government commissioned hundreds of monuments (“Spomeniks”), built at sites of WWII battles, concentration camps, and cemeteries.