A guide to the New East


Lalage Harris

Lalage Harris is a teacher who has worked in eastern Europe since 2011, primarily in Macedonia and Georgia. Currently she is based in London working with children with autism.

Anya Harrison

Born in Moscow, Anya Harrison has lived, studied and worked in Washington DC, London, Oxford and Paris. With degrees in English Literature and History of Art, she has previously worked as Project Executive on the book Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia and on exhibitions at Moscow's Garage Centere for Contemporary Culture. Currently based in London, she writes on contemporary art and culture for English- and Russian-language publications and works as an independent curator.

Anna Harsanyi

Originally from Timișoara, Romania, Anna Harsanyi is a curator, educator and arts manager based in New York City.

Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley writes regularly on aesthetics and politics for, among others, the Architectural Review, The Calvert Journal, Dezeen, the Guardian, Jacobin, the London Review of Books and New Humanist. He is the author of several books, most recently Landscapes of Communism (Penguin 2015), The Ministry of Nostalgia (Verso, 2016) and The Chaplin Machine (Pluto, 2016), the last of which is based on a PhD thesis accepted by Birkbeck College in 2011. A book on European cities, Trans-Europe Express, will be published by Penguin in spring 2018.

Helena Boutko

Helena Boutko is a freelance photographer, non-stop traveller and fashion addict. She recently moved from Yekaterinburg to Moscow and continues to shoot pretty much anything as long as it gives her the opportunity to be creative. Boutko has worked with numerous Russian designers for magazines and collaborated with fashion sites such as Buro 24/7, Vogue.ru, LookAtMe and others.

Nicholas Herrmann

Nicholas Herrmann is a writer and photographer based in Bath. His work has appeared in journals and online, and his writing has been shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award and Janklow and Nesbit Prize. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at Bath Spa University. He is currently working on his first novel. You can find him on Twitter here.


Arthur House

Arthur House is the former Deputy Editor of The Calvert Journal. He has led feature writing workshops for young journalists in Russia and Georgia. Arthur writes about art and culture for titles including 1843 and Apollo. You can read some of his recent work here.