Welcome to the wonderful and strange world of a post-Soviet dance club in a remote Lithuanian village. Andrew Miksys, whose grandparents fled the country at the end of World War II, went back to get a glimpse of what’s going on there in the middle of the night. “It’s a bit strange to show up at a remote village disco not knowing anybody,” says Andrew. “I was an outsider and barely spoke Lithuanian, but in almost every instance the people in the discos were great hosts and looked after me.”
What he found was an insight into his own past. “I see the project as a long meditation on the history of Lithuania. The small communities in which I photographed were incredibly diverse before WWII and home to Lithuanians, Poles, Belarusians, Russians, and Jews alike. My photos are also a celebration. I wanted to record them before they disappeared.“
Andrew grew up in Seattle, so he didn’t know much about his heritage. But when he was a young adult, his grandfather gave him a box of negatives from the time they had to leave Lithuania. Andrew scanned all the photographs, but one picture of his grandmother and father stuck with him. “I was really into Lewis Hine at the time,” Andrew says, “and the image looked like one of his pictures.” That was when he knew he wanted to visit and work in Lithuania.
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