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.


HEROINAT depicts an Albanian woman using 20,000 pins. Each pin represents a woman raped during the Kosovo War from 1998 to 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: 3,5 cm.[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]

See also[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.