In the ongoing project Soviet Innerness, Elena Amabili and Alessandro Calvaresi explore, capture and archive the Soviet eras’ abandoned domestic interiors, focusing not on the space itself, but on its walls.

Formed after the pair found themselves looking at the bright yellow wallpaper in an abandoned apartment block in Latvia, the project offers a glimpse into the private lives of people who lived under soviet control. In stark contrast to the gaudy gray building exteriors, the former inhabitants’ walls were plastered with colorful 70s wallpaper, torn out copies of Pravda (the official broadsheet of the Communist Party), and personal paintings of subjects ranging from wholesome to racy.

“What we wanted to show is that there is life behind those gray concrete panels, and that life was often an explosion of colors,” they say. See more of the project here, and follow their Instagram.

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