Anna Reich ::

No One Asked Us is a collection of photographs considering collective memory, identity, andlandscape in Lithuania and Latvia. These images document the generational effects of war, occupations, and human rights infringements on various communities in the Baltic Nations. The work presents details of the ways in which the people and landscape have been shaped and reshaped, the way cultural symbolism and significance has been assigned, stripped, and applied anew, and the effects of prolonged change on identity and the human condition. No One Asked Us was created in communities, both rural and urban, photographing the natural and architectural landscape, specifically highlighting the areas that feature buildings, monuments, landmarks, and historically significant sites that seem to either be fixed in the past or represent a compression of time and history from the last century. In addition to photographing public and social spaces, Reich worked intimately with many people from these communities accessing their domestic and personal spaces to present photographs of quiet moments from life today. During the 14 months spent in the Baltic, Reich conducted extensive interviews with a diverse collection of locals including high school students, veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, Holocaust survivors, 3rd grade students, and Gulag survivors. She continues to maintain communication with many former interviewees. The various generations of people included in this work are the heart of this project. They represent a population that has consistently faced dramatic, and often traumatic, social,political, and cultural changes that altered the most essential aspects of their daily life. Even today in free republics, the people of Lithuania and Latvia continue to live among ever- present physical reminders of a very difficult past.


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