Lithuania was the first republic to become independent from the Soviet Union, the transition was radical, all Soviet symbols disappeared, factories were closed, the Russian language stopped being used. After just over 25 years of its independence, this small republic has taken a 180o turn, today a member of the European Union.
The Lithuanian reality, regarding the events Soviets are very sensitive, after suffering a genocide and currently living in constant tension for their neighbor Russia, everything that is linked to the Russian or Soviet is viewed with suspicion and fear in equal parts. Citizens of non-Lithuanian ethnicity, product of those times of great migrations between Soviet republics, have become an almost invisible group, even as citizens with full rights, they are really perceived as second class.
This work tells the story of the Naujoji Vilnia neighborhood, located east of Vilnius, it is an oasis of coexistence, there Russian, Lithuanian, Belarusian or Polish ethnic groups live in harmony, there is a Russian school, Orthodox churches, products in Cyrillic and mixed couples. A priori it seems like a model of integration, but the deeper you go into it, the more ghetto it seems.
Because if the archipelagos are characterized by something, it is because they are united in the distance. They are a group linked thanks to water, like these suckled cells and separated by a common factor: the Russian.
17 September 2021 at 20h
17 October 2021
Carrer Major, 40
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