Initiated by artist Evelina Šimkutė, the Šilainiai Project is a collaborative endeavour based around the micro district of Šilainiai on the outskirts of Kaunas. On Friday Evelina led UCLan students on a photo walk around the area, which is home to a community of over 50,000 people over 7 districts.
Built in the 80’s, the district was one of the last large scale urban settlements before the break up of the former Soviet Union. As Evelina recalls, “I grew up in Šilainiai. My family was one of the first settlers and I still remember the smell of the freshly painted floor.”
Students spent the day engaging and interpreting the area as part of their ongoing research into the city and its environs.