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Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

The Second World War deprived many families of their livelihood. Among them were the grandparents of photographer Andrew Miksys, who fled Lithuania for the USA. Andrew didn't have much to do with his European roots, but that was about to change when he was given a box of old negatives from that lost time by his grandpa. Andrew flew to Lithuania, his homeland he had never known. He ended up at a small disco in an even smaller village. It's weird showing up alone in this strange place without…
Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania
Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania
Andrew Miksys
Disco in Lithuania
Words: Marcel Winatschek  Photography: Andrew Miksys

The Second World War deprived many families of their livelihood. Among them were the grandparents of photographer Andrew Miksys, who fled Lithuania for the USA. Andrew didn't have much to do with his European roots, but that was about to change when he was given a box of old negatives from that lost time by his grandpa.

Andrew flew to Lithuania, his homeland he had never known. He ended up at a small disco in an even smaller village. It's weird showing up alone in this strange place without even knowing anyone, he tells us. I was a total outsider and spoke only a few scraps of Lithuanian, but almost always the people there were very kind to me. I wanted to capture all that before it disappeared forever...

So he hung around the local clubs photographing a wondrous world with wondrous people, getting to the bottom of his own past in a modern way. And I love personal projects like that, where the outcome isn't a foregone conclusion, but it means something, even if it's just to one person, like Andrew.

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

Andrew Miksys: Disco in Lithuania

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