A guide to the New East


Josh Nadeau

Josh Nadeau is a writer, hitchhiker and storyteller whose work focuses on the arts, travel, dialogue and cultural conflict. He divides his time between St Petersburg, Tbilisi and the south of Bosnia. 

Freya Najade

Freya Najade (b. 1977 in Germany) is a photographer living and working in London. In 2009 she received a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts London (London College of Communication). Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at FORMAT 13, the Renaissance Photography Prize, the Foto8 Summer Show, the FotoGrafia Festival Rome and the IPA Awards, among others. Publications of her work include The Guardian, the British Journal of Photography (BJP), The Times, Die Zeit, Businessweek, Photoworld China and The Huffington Post.

Polina Nakraynikova

Polina is the editor-in-chief of the Samara-centric website Bolshaya Derevnya. She took over the site at 21 and has been telling tales of Samaran life for two years already. 

Gleb Napreenko

Born in 1989 in Moscow. Art critic, art historian based in Moscow. Editor-in-chief of Interntet-based magazine Raznoglasia. Graduated from the Moscow State University in Art History in 2015. As an author and an editor contributes to a number of russian media such as Colta.ru, Openspace.ru, Moscow Art Magazine, Iskusstvo, Dialog isskustv, Iskusstvo kino, Artchronika, Openleft.ru, Translit etc. Teaches a course on the methodology of art history at Basa Institute, Moscow.

Anna Narinskaya

Anna Narinskaya is a special correspondent and culture critic for one of Russia's most influential daily newspapers, Kommersant, where she has worked for over 10 years and is now the creative editor of its weekly culture publication, Kommersant Weekend. She serves as an expert for a number of literary awards, including Russia’s national Big Book Prize, and speaks on culture at educational institutions and public events. Her earlier journalistic career has spanned radio, television and print, including years of work at the BBC and Russian magazines Expert and Yezhenedelny Zhurnal.

Valery Nechay

Valery Nechay is a St Petersburg-based journalist who has been working for Echo of Moscow, Russia's leading independent radio station since 2003. He is particularly interested in politics, social problems, culture and how all these influence each other. Valery is currently continuing his studies in Information Technologies at Herzen State University. 

Ivan Nechepurenko

Ivan Nechepurenko is a Moscow-based journalist, who works as a staff writer at The Moscow Times. He has graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in International Relations. His work has been published by Slon.Ru, the Aspen Institute and other media outlets. 

Jenny Nedosekina

Jenny Nedosekina is a Moscow-based singer-songwriter and producer who works under the moniker Jekka (listen to her music here). She is also the founder of Parallel, a blog dedicated to female musicians from across the former Soviet Union, which features interviews, videos and mixes from local artists.

Joy Neumeyer

Joy Neumeyer is a journalist and historian based in Moscow and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in publications including Vice, The Guardian, ARTnews, Tablet Magazine, and Cat Fancy. She is currently a PhD candidate in History at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is writing a dissertation on death in late Soviet culture.

Anya Nevinchana

Anya Nevinchana is a Kiev-based journalist and blogger. She studied philosophy at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and is interested in Asian culture. Follow her Tumblr blog Forfranzkafaka here

Nestan Nijaradze

Nestan Nijaradze co-founded Tbilisi Photography House in 2007, an institution that aims to promote photography in Georgia, and currently serves as its director. She took up the position of editor in chief of Photo Magazine in 2007 until 2009, at which point she became the local production manager at the Georgian Spring project by Magnum Photo Agency.

In 2010, she co-founded Tbilisi Photo Festival, an annual international photography festival, and currently serves as its co-artistic director. Additionally, she has been a curator of numerous photo exhibitions and photo projects in Georgia and abroad.

Ksenia Nouril

Ksenia Nouril is a New York-based curator and scholar of modern and contemporary central and eastern European art. She is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she holds a Dodge Fellowship. Sine 2011, she has worked as a Curatorial Assistant in the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ. Her dissertation examines the work of contemporary eastern European artists who actively question and engage with history and historical representations of socialism since 1989. She has previously worked for The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New Museum, and several commercial galleries. 

Sergey Novikov

Moscow-based photographer Sergey Novikov has taken photos in Russia, Europe and the US for publications such as Russian Esquire, Italian Rolling Stone and Russian Reporter. In 2011, he self-published FC Volga United, a book of photos about football fans who live along the Volga, Europe's longest river.