The balcony of a housing block is like a podium, on which you can observe a fraction of someone’s living space, because home is not just a building, but a concoction of memories, hopes, daily rituals, fears and emotions. Observing a balcony is like stepping inside a person's home.
Karosta served as a military base for both Tsarist and Soviet Russia. The block housing was built in the 1970’s, during Soviet occupation. The houses now surround the cathedral, built in the early 20th century, which looks quite bizarre in the current scenery. After the restoration of independence of Latvia, around 20 000 people left Karosta. In combination with a power shift, this led to widespread crime and looting of abandoned military infrastructure.
Although many of the abandoned housing blocks have been demolished since the restoration of independence of Latvia thirty years ago, many of the blocks built in Soviet times remain full of inhabitants. Today, the balconies of these houses are a truthful representation of the population of Karosta.