A guide to the New East


Michael Pattison

Michael Pattison is a writer and film critic from Gateshead. His publications include Sight & Sound, VICE, Slovenian film journals Ekran and KINO!, and Estonian culture magazine Sirp. He has also tutored criticism workshops for young writers at film festivals in Warsaw, Prizren, Tallinn and Białystok.

Yoana Pavlova

Yoana Pavlova is a Bulgarian writer, researcher, and programmer currently based in Paris. Her field of work includes cinema, new media, contemporary visual arts, digital culture, and she covers these topics for various printed and online publications in Bulgarian, English, and French. She is also founder and editor of Festivalists.com — a playform for independent film criticism that has been challenging the common notion of cinema and live events since 2012.

Anton Petrov

Anton Petrov is a freelance photographer from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. He is a participant in different regional projects such as Siberia: joining the dots, Basco bo gorazdo and Krasnoyarsk postcards. The range of his Siberian expeditions is huge: Anton has photographed Norilsk, the Dudinka and Dikson settlements, Altay nomads, the Kadar Mountain and the Chara Sands, Buddhists of the Aginsky datsan and much more. His works are a part of the exhibition Siberia. Poles in the Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Tomsk.

Sasha Philippova

Sasha Philippova is a freelance journalist and a member of the female punk band Mirrored Lips.

Maria Pogrebnyak

Maria is a journalist and reporter from Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia. She was formerly the editor in chief of the city’s main radio stations’s news service. She works with Russian and international media, usually coverng social and political topics, as well as the culture of the Soviet period.

Naomi Polonsky

Naomi Polonsky is a curator, art critic and translator. She studied French and Russian at the University of Oxford, before doing a Master’s in Curating at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has experience working at the Hermitage Museum and Tate Modern and writes regularly for the TLS. Follow her on Twitter here

Alexey Ponomarchuk

Alexey is an independent photographer and visual artist currently based between Moscow and Ekaterinburg. His works has been in Vice, ID and Afisha among others. Alexey enjoys exploring new places, such as Yamal, Asia and Andalusia, through his projects. 

Sergey Poteryaev

Yekaterinburg-based photographer Sergey Poteryaev specialises in documentary photography and multimedia. He is a member of the Union of Photographers of Russia since 2010, and lives and works in Ekaterinburg. His works have been exhibited in Russia, Lithuania, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Switzerland, Romania, UK, Bulgaria, Italy, Guatemala, China, Slovakia, Austria and Netherlands. You can see more of his work here

Giulia Prelz Oltramonti

Giulia Prelz Oltramonti is a researcher and lecturer in Political Science at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). She has written on the political economies of conflict in the Caucasus and on informality in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. You can find a full list of her academic papers here.

Liza Premiyak

Liza Premiyak is Managing Editor at The Calvert Journal. In 2014, she graduated from the Critical Writing in Art and Design MA at the Royal College of Art where, in addition to art and architecture, she wrote extensively about Moscow's Gorky Park and its pavilions. 

Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric is a journalist reporting (mostly) from south-eastern Europe. She holds a Master's degree in Journalism from Sciences Po journalism school in Paris, and has worked for various print, web and radio outlets in French, English and Croatian. Her interests include creative technologies, theatre, graphic novels and all things Soviet. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Agata Pyzik

Agata Pyzik writes in Polish and English for a number of publications incдuding the Guardian, The Wire, Icon, Frieze, Lampa and many more. She has contributed to anthologies on experimental music, Ryszard Kapuściński and contemporary urbanism. She is currently working on two book projects: Counter-Tradition, a collection of interviews with artists and theorists, and Poor But Sexy, on Cold War and post-Communist culture.