A guide to the New East


Maya Baklanova

Maya Baklanova is a Kiev-based freelance writer and photographer. Her interest lies in music and culture. Maya helps out with PR for a number of music institutions, including Into the Valley, Unsound festivals and runs PR for Ukrainian Pivnich magazine and Kazakh ZVUK series of events.

Tom Ball

Tom Ball is freelance journalist based in London. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Moscow Times and New East Platform

Oliver Basciano

Oliver Basciano is a writer based in London. Since 2010 he has worked at ArtReview magazine where he is currently International Editor. He also regularly contributes to the news, arts and obituary desks of The Guardian and Daily Telegraph and has authored numerous artist monographs. He is a member of the 2018 Turner Prize jury and chaired the 2017 Artes Mundi prize jury. 

Nadia Beard

Nadia is the Editor in Chief of The Calvert Journal. She previously lived and worked in Russia where she was the Moscow correspondent for The Independent. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Telegraph and Reuters among several others. She holds two degrees in Russian and political science from University College London and the London School of Economics respectively and has also been an Alfa Fellow. Nadia was named a 2017 Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. Follow her on Twitter here.

Nadia Bedzhanova

Nadia Bedzhanova is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer originally from Moscow, Russia. Graduated in journalism from Moscow State University and in film from School of Visual Arts, Bedzhanova creates her work within the context and under the influence of both cultures. Her films and photography were featured in the publications such as Dazed & Confused, PAPER, MovieMaker, Vogue US, Bullett, Allure and Interview Russia. 

Jessie Bond

Jessie Bond is a writer based in London. She writes about art and photography for various publications including Art Licks, Paper Journal and this is tomorrow and is currently researching contemporary photographic depictions of conflict and the photobook.

Masha Borodacheva

Maria Borodacheva was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Having completed a degree in international relations at Moscow State University she worked for a soft power foundation in Russia, Georgia and Armenia. She is currently based between Moscow and St Petersburg where she works as a Partner Manager for Calvert 22 Foundation.

Dmitry Boyko

Dmitry Boyko is an urban planner and the co-founder and owner of GeoClever Ltd. His work focuses on land use, economics, urban development policy and GIS.

Alexander Burenkov

Alexander Burenkov is a Moscow-based curator, writer and art director, chief specialist of the Regional Development Directorate of the National Center for Contemporary Art (ROSIZO-NCCA) and program curator at ISSMAG gallery. He is a graduate of the St. Petersburg State University and the Institute for Contemporary Arts Moscow. He has previously worked as a curator at the V-A-C Foundation (2013-2016). Alexander’s field of research focuses on the young Russian art scene and international emergent art practices and trends. 

Aleksandra Burshteyn

Aleksandra Burshteyn is a writer and photographer raised in Ukraine, St. Petersburg, and New York. Her work studies the art and affect of societal transitions. She is a 2016 Thomas J. Watson Fellow and co-leader of a Ukrainian reporting project funded by National Geographic. 

Elizaveta Butakova-Grimshaw

Elizaveta Butakova-Grinshaw is an art historian and Research Curator at the Calvert 22 Foundation.

Krasimira Butseva

Krasimira Butseva is a freelance photographer and writer, based between Bulgaria and England. In 2017 she graduated from her studied in MA Photography at the University of Portsmouth; in her research and practice, she had focused on studying the violations against human rights in post-communist Bulgaria. Krasimira is also interested in exploring the past of Soviet Bulgaria as well as its effects on the present.