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NFO designs giant broken camera lens to honour photojournalist killed in Yugoslav Wars

Concrete slabs forming the path to the memorial each represent a year of the photographer's life


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The public competition for Gordan Lederer Memorial was announced in 2014 by Croatian Radiotelevision – HRT as part of a plan to mark all the locations where HRT cameramen and photographers were killed during the war in Croatia in the 90s. Gordan Lederer was killed on 10th of August 1991 by a sniper shot while filming on Čukur hill in the Bania region in Croatia.

The competition was won by NFO architecture studio and sculptor Petar Barišić with a proposal called Broken Landscape. The memorial was unveiled on the 24th anniversary of Lederer's death.

Gordan Lederer Memorial emerged as a multidisciplinary process between architecture and sculpture. This duality developed a project that combines different approaches to the same subject matter, understanding the problem through a number of aspects.


The memorial Broken Landscape consists of access path and a broken camera lens. The path, designed as a pathway of Lederer’s life, is encrypted in the concrete slabs laid on the grass. Coding is performed in such a way that the concrete slabs are ‘’chained’’ in black steel frames, each engraved with the year of Lederer's life in negative as an interpretation of film frames. The path meanders through natural terrain leading to the last slab, a memorial plateau, without a number, representing the year of his death.

The Lens alone, thrown in the grass in front of the plateau, directs visitors’ view to the valley looking at "the last shots" that Gordan Lederer took. The glass membrane pierced with a shot from a sniper, stops visitors glance for a moment and confronts them with the reality of events on that location. At the same time, the perfect stainless steel circle suggests the continuity of life, framing view of the same landscape filmed 24 years ago at the same place.

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First published date: 12 January 2017

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