Star City does not appear on any maps. Deep within the forest, the highly secretive Star City holds the soul of the Russian people. A closed community, where entry involves lengthy negotiations, permission letters and brown envelopes, the Yuri Gagarin Russian State Science Research Cosmonaut Training Centre, has been the training centre for all Soviet and post Soviet Cosmonauts since the late 1950’s. Mitch Karunaratne spent time inside the compound, exploring the role place and history have in shaping our identities, a theme central to her photographic practice.