Lithuanian photographer Rimaldas Vikšraitis works in and around the villages where he lives, capturing in raw detail a way of life that is fast disappearing. His photographs are strange, frightening and darkly humorous, and far from being a detached observer Vikšraitis is an enthusiastic participant in the unruly situations depicted. Grimaces of the Weary Village (1998 – ongoing) is the latest in a series of wonderfully titled visual narratives that began with Slaughter (1982 -1986) and continued with Nude in a Desolate Farm (1991) and This Crazy World (1995).
Although most of the people captured in these photographs have gone, their stories sadly keep repeating themselves: the same tale with different characters and nuances, chronicling the fate of people who failed to adapt to the situation in the Soviet era and continue to struggle even now as part of the New Europe. The pictures reveal the harsh realities of life on the edge, in both economic and social terms, but they touch on the soul, injustice and humanity of people who live their lives on the periphery of the modern world. (read more)