Is there a new wave of Soviet nostalgia aimed at those people who were too young to experience communism themselves?
Our guest of the episode is Andrew Miksys, the American-Lithuanian photographer, who has seen it all: the Western world, the Post-Soviet world and the fashion world. Growing up in Seattle and now living in Vilnius, he documented Lithuanian village discos and Belarussian victory day parades. His aesthetics caught the eyes of Vetements and Gosha Rubchinskiy, the names that made post-soviet chic the biggest trend in today’s fashion. He photographed their collections for Dazed and Confused and VICE, the leading fashion and alternative culture magazines.
We talked of why in the West, the hammer and sickle is seen differently than swastika (both symbols are banned in Lithuania), why Miksys refused to put his photos in the post-soviet themed exhibition in New York and why, in his view, Lithuanians have to recognise the Holocaust history if we want the world to recognize the crimes by USSR.