The mysterious death of her father led Indre Serpytyte on a photographic journey through Lithuania’s history



Indre Serpytyte’s haunting photographs show models of buildings in her native Lithuania, that were places of interrogation and torture during the period of Soviet occupation. Having taken and compiled preliminary photographs of the actual buildings, Serpytyte works with a Lithuanian wood-carver, whom she has never met, to make miniature replicas of them, which she then photographs in her studio in England. She says: ‘The prints are very, very grey. I don’t think history is ever black and white. I never want to preach on what has happened, because I don’t really know. It’s more for me to understand what happened in my own country.’

The images are shown in the group photography exhibition: Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern, which runs until 15 March 2015.