In the summer of 2017, James Taylor-Foster and I set out to take a look at the Baltics, zigzagging our way from Vilnius in Lithuania to Riga in Latvia and up to Tallinn in Estonia. James had recently curated the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, In Therapy, diagnosed the postmodern, post-Sverre Fehn/Alvar Aalto/Gunnar Asplund state of Nordic architecture. During the display period James came into dialogue with the curators of the Baltic Pavilion (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) and from these conversations emerged an interest in the pre-Soviet idea of Baltoscandia—a hypothetical unity based on shared cultures between the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. These pictures are part of the research we compiled.

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MAX CREASY is an Australian-Norweigian photographer based in London. JAMES TAYLOR-FOSTER (pictured in the second photograph from the top) is a designer, writer, curator and broadcaster based in Stockholm.

All photographs by Max Creasy