The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Croatia as the initiator and the HDLU as the Provider (?!) Have proposed members of the jury to raise the "Memorial Features to the Victims of All Totalitarian Regimes of the Second World War and the Postwar Period".
The Jury makes up:
Kristian Kožul, academic sculptor
Željko Marciuš, art historian
Ivona Paltrinieri, Ministry of Croatian Defenders
Krešimir Rogina, B.Sc. architecture
academician Đuro Seder, an academic painter
Stjepan Sučić, Ministry of Croatian Defenders
Željko Tomić, Member of the Government's Commission for Research, Decoration and Maintenance of Military Cemeteries, Cemetery of the Second World War and post-war cemetery
According to the proposals of the competition, I can not participate, but I can still suggest to the artists and the Jury to look around and seriously assess what they actually do. What is a common monument to all victims and to which the totalitarian regimes are, and on which cemeteries will be placed this unique monument. The notorious question is, but it needs to be repeated: can we politically equalize everyone, and what is the reason for doing so? Did the guides consult the wider public and get support for the amalgamation of war victims. Or better, why as a society we do not have the power to name perpetrators regardless of who the side of the war were and then went to 21. century (ups! so we are already 20 years in it!). This hiding behind "all totalitarians" is nothing other than a step towards evil recreation.
However, here's my proposal to the Jury. So, I repeat, look around and count how many World War II victims have fallen over the past 25 years, and will the contest also memorize them? Among them is one that everyone who so earnestly wishes to correct historical injustices should strive hard and whose reconstruction should be the true gesture of mature society. It is about Bakić's monument in Kamenska, built in honor of the people of Slavonia (a massacre of Nazis and Ustasha in the Second War). Symbolic, but first and foremost, the artistic value has surpassed and will overcome these and such politically immature and historically revisionist competitions for a long time.
Tihomir Milovac, museum advisor, head of the Experimental-Research Department of MSU