A guide to the New East


Patrick Gamble

Patrick Gamble is a freelance writer based in London. Specialising in film and culture, he has contributed to Indiewire, The Skinny, and CineVue. In 2013 Patrick was nominated for a Richard Attenborough Award for Film Blogger of the Year.

Evgeny Gavrilov

Evgeny Gavrilov is a musician and visual artist from Novosibirsk, the face behind the Dyad project and a member the band FPRF. As a cofounder of the Echotourist record label, he and a community of likeminded artists are focused on spreading the word about the Siberian scene all around the world.

Amelia Glaser

Amelia Glaser studies Russian, Ukrainian, and Jewish cultural and literary intersections. She is an associate professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. You can learn more about her research, writing, and translations here

Stephen Glennon

Even though he is very interested in investigating and identity, Stephen Glennon finds it very hard to refer to himself in the third person. He likes to travel through Eastern Europe from his Berlin base and yearn for the Irish countryside that begat him, quietly watching amateur football and the people who watch amateur football and refusing to accept that it doesn't hide the answer to all of life's questions.

Samuel Goff

Samuel Goff is Features Editor at The Calvert Journal and a researcher and supervisor in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. He spends most of his time thinking about cinema, Stalin, and football. His freelance work can be found here

Ivan Gololobov

Ivan Gololobov was born and raised in Krasnodar, Russia. Since the age of 17, he has somehow combined careers as a punk musician and as an anthropologist, sociologist and political scientist; this eventually led to him becoming a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Warwick. He is currently working on post-socialist punk and contemporary Russian underground music, teaching social theory and methods of qualitative sociological research, and commenting for the BBC Russian Service on contemporary youth movements and current affairs in Russian popular culture.

Aleksandr Gorbachev

For many years Aleksandr Gorbachev has been one of the most notable music journalists in Russia, working for Afisha magazine as a staff writer, editor and editor-in-chief, launching a music webzine Volna and helping a new generation of local independent bands to emerge and establish themselves. In 2014, he left his position in Afisha to pursue a graduate degree in journalism in the U.S., at the Missouri School of Journalism; however, even though his focus as a reporter now tends to be much broader, he still has his old habit of following everything that happens with music in Russia and trying make some sense out of it.

Seth Graham

Seth Graham is a lecturer in Russian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He has written widely on late-Soviet and contemporary Russian culture, especially cinema.  He is the author of Resonant Dissonance: The Russian Joke in Cultural Context.

Agnieszka Gratza

Agnieszka Gratza is a writer living in London. Her writings about art, performance and film have appeared in various contemporary art magazines and newspapers, including artforum.com, frieze, Mousse, and The Financial Times. A lapsed academic, she has also published articles on the subject of Renaissance intellectual and cultural history, while researching and teaching at the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Queen Mary, London.

Carmen Gray

A citizen of both New Zealand and Great Britain, Carmen Gray is a freelance film critic, journalist and curator now based in Berlin. She has a particular interest in the cinema and history of central and eastern Europe, and has previously lived and worked in both Moscow and Prague.

Will Gresson

Originally from New Zealand, Will Gresson is a writer, musician and artist currently based in London, UK. 

Tatyana Grishina

Tatyana Grishina has worked as a journalist in her hometown of Perm since 2011. She is the managing editor of Fish magazine, a publication about Perm and the local culture, which she helped found. She also writes for a number of other websites including The Village, W-O-S and Hopes & Fears.

Nastya Gritsenko

Nastya Gritsenko is a collaborator on lifestyle publications about Samara, where she also organises parties. She loves to work and relax. 

Pavel Groznyy

After graduating from the Moscow State University, Pavel Groznyy dived into the world of journalism and has since been working on various projects at Afisha publishing house. He now edits Afisha Vozdukh, an online cultural magazine.

Anna Gruzdeva

Anna Gruzdeva is a journalist, editor and curator of exhibitions from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. She graduated from the School of Cultural Journalism by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation and the School of Research and Text by the Russian Fund of Culture. Anna has published in Afisha.ru, Russian Reporter, Siburbia.ru, Bird in Flight, Colta.ru, RBTH Travel, etc. Since 2013 she is an author and editor of the Siberia: joining the dots project about the people, culture, cuisine and geography of different regions of Siberia.

Maria Gruzdeva

Maria Gruzdeva is a Russian-born photographer now based in London. A graduate of Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication, she mostly works in the genre of fine art documentary. Her interest lies in the history of Russia, its modern identity and aesthetics. She has won numerous awards including the Ideastap & Magnum Photos Photographic Award and the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer competition, and been a finalist in the LensCulture Exposure Award and others.

Ievgeniia Gubkina

Ievgeniia Gubkina is an architect, urban planner and curator of educational events, art and architectural projects. She is a researcher at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe and co-founder of the NGO Urban Forms Center. Since 2012 she is a consultant for Ukrainian Weeks of Constructivism in Zaporizhia. In 2015 her book Slavutych Architectural Guide was published by DOM Publishers in Germany. She lives and works in Kharkiv and Lviv.

Sergey Gulenkin

Sergey Gulenkin is an independent writer and curator based in St Petersburg. He studied Russian Literature and Language Editing at Herzen State University of Russia and Art Criticism and Curatorial Studies at MA level at Saint Petersburg State University (Smolny College). His current research focuses on contemporary critical theory and performance art.

Sergey Guskov

Sergey is a journalist and art critic based in Moscow. He currently works as a contributing editor at Dialogue of Arts magazine. Previously, he was editor of the art section at independent Russian website Colta.ru (2013-2017), editor of the art section at Interview Russia magazine (2016), editor-in-chief of the website Aroundart.ru, now Aroundart.org (2011-2012). In addition, Guskov has contributed to publications including ArtReview Asia, Art21, Metropolis M, Obieg, Ran Dian, Ocula, Leap, Prōtocollum, ArtLeaks, The Art Newspaper Russia, Artguide, Moscow Art Magazine, Artchronika, Iskusstvo, Iskusstvo Kino, Winzavod Art Review, Kommersant Weekend, RBK and Vedomosti. He participated in a working group for reforming the Moscow Biennale (2011) and in art collective Supostat Agency (2011–2012).