Heroinat Memorial

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Heroinat Memorial
Monumenti Heroinat, Prishtine 2.jpg
Heroinat Memorial, June 2015
LocationPristina, Kosovo
Coordinates42°39′37.2″N 21°9′31.07″E / 42.660333°N 21.1586306°E / 42.660333; 21.1586306

The Heroinat Memorial (HEROINAT) is a typographic sculpture and tourist attraction in Pristina, Kosovo. The memorial is placed in a park in downtown Pristina, in one of Prishtina’s most central and frequented areas, in front of Newborn monument. It was unveiled on 12 June 2015, celebrated as Kosovo’s Liberation Day.[1] The monument focused on creating a representative face of Kosovar women. The project was conducted mostly with photographic research. It combined different portraits, isolated their most common features, remixed them and created the representative portrait.

Design[edit]

HEROINAT depicts an Albanian woman using 20,000 pins. Each pin represents a woman raped during the Kosovo War from 1998-1999. The pins are at different heights, creating a portrait in relief.

The sculpture has a dual perspective, macro and micro. Viewed from a near perspective, the individual portrait medals are visible. Further away, the portrait appears.

This design was created and submitted for a memorial competition in Prishtina in the autumn of 2013.

The overall memorial dimensions:

  • Height: 5,50m,
  • Width: 4,5m,
  • Medal: 3,5cm.[2]
Monumenti Heroinat, Prishtinë 6

As the designers were researching, they found a Human Rights Watch article stating that nearly 20,000 Kosovar women were raped during the war.[2]

Many women were active during the war, including soldiers who fought for the KLA. Women were also active in the non-violent resistance.[3]

Recognition[edit]

This memorial won the Golden A’ Design Award at Architecture, Building and Structure Design Competition. The award was given for the project's architecture, construction and design.[4]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wartime rape is no longer kept under wraps in Kosovo". openDemocracy. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  2. ^ a b "Honoring the Heroines of Kosovo | MOLOS | Archello". Archello. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  3. ^ "Contested Memory in Kosovo". Off-Campus Study. 2016-03-29. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  4. ^ Studios, OMC Design. "A' Design Award and Competition - Press Release: Ilir Blakçori has been granted the renowned Golden A' Design Award". competition.adesignaward.com. Retrieved 2018-11-03.