Discos can be oddly liminal spaces in even the most ordinary of venues, but when they’re held in buildings which used to serve as Houses of Culture during Soviet era Lithuania, they quickly become even stranger. Fortunately, Lithuanian-American photographer Andrew Miksys had the good sense to photograph them; he spent ten years travelling around the youth discos in small villages throughout Lithuania, brilliantly capturing the unsettling juxtaposition of a new generation who are transforming old spaces. Some of the rooms in the images are littered with old Soviet memorabilia, from portraits of Lenin to discarded gas masks, creating the sense of a new generation trying to build a life among the ruins. It’s a beautifully candid and incredibly poignant reminder of how some periods in history continue to resonate long after they’re over.
The series is included in the new issue of biannual art and culture publication Parterre de Rois, more on which very soon!