A guide to the New East


Nadia Sablin

Nadia Sablin is a New York based photographer and educator. You can view her portfolio here.

Alina Sakhnenko

Alina is studying journalism at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. She has had short stories and travel writing published, and in 2014 her poem Eugene Onegin: Version 2.0, a modern take on Pushkin, was well received online. She lives between Moscow and Sochi. 

Maria Sakirko

Maria Sakirko (b. 1987 in Moscow) is a photographer, media-artist and researcher. After receiving a mathematical degree at Moscow State University she began working on personal art projects 
and participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions. Maria has recently graduated from the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, where her primary interest was the future of memory, collective remembering and preservation.

Cicely Salamunes

Cicely Salamunes is an emerging photographer born and based in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba. Her interests go from contemporary photography to mountain climbing. Her biggest dream is to move to a cabin in the woods somewhere.

Vitus Saloshanka

Vitus Saloshanka was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1974, before moving to Germany in 2001. He holds a degree in law from the Academy of Management in Minsky and is a graduate of the University of Applied Siences in Dortmund, Germany, where he studied photography and design. Saloshanka's work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions. He is currently working on a project about the EU's eastern border. 

Michael Salu

Michael Salu is a creative director, art editor and writer. His own fiction, non fiction and art have been appeared in a range of publications including, The Short Anthology, Grey magazine, Under the Influence magazine, granta.com and most recently A Tale of two Cities, published by OR Books. He also runs multidisciplinary creative agency http://salu.io/

Igor Samolet

Photographer Igor Samolet graduated from the Rodchenko Art School, Moscow. He specialises in documentary photography. In 2013 he published a book be happy which was included in The Photobook: A History Volume III by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. 

Kirill Savchenkov

Kirill Savchenkov is a Moscow-based artist working on a theme of post-Soviet suburbs and contemporary suburban habitats. Before turning to art and studying at the Rodchenko Art School in Moscow, he obtained a degree in radio physics. He works with image, text and performance. You can see more of his work here

Oleg Savunov

Oleg Savunov is a photographer. He was born in 1983 in Leningrad, Russia. In 2005 he graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University and in 2006 he began studying photography at Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2012 he graduated from the Faculty of Press Photographers in St Petersburg and was part of the faculty's first group overseas exhibitionat the Catalonian Institute of Photography (IEFC) in Barcelona. Since 2012 he has participated in several educational programs and workshops organised by St Petersburg's Fotodepartament. Oleg is interested above all in landscape and people's place in it. 

Anton Sazonov

Film critic Anton Sazonov has written for a number of Russian publications including Afisha, GQ, Interview Russia, The Hollywood Reporter, Look at Me, Openspace and Snob. He is a curator of Movement: The National Film Festival of Debuts, a new festival in the Siberian city of Omsk. He lives in Moscow. 

Alexander Schneider

Alexander Schneider is from Queens, New York, and lives in London. His studies focussed on the intersection of art and visual perception. His current goal is to take Russian lessons.

Andreas Schönle

Andreas Schönle is professor of Russian at Queen Mary, University of London and the author of three monographs and two edited volumes. His research deals primarily with ways in which cultural identity is manifested in spatial design (in gardens, cities, and landscapes) and through structures of time.

Abby Schreiber

Chicago-born but Brooklyn-based writer Abby Schreiber is an Associate Editor at New York's Paper Magazine where she covers music, fashion, food and nightlife. Her writing has also appeared in New York Magazine and BlackBook.

Alexander Sedelnikov

Alexander Sedelnikov was born in 1986 in Kasly, Russia. He has a degree in photojournalism and is currently studying photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He has a self-published book See you Later, featuring photographs of the southern Urals in central Russia and St Petersburg. Sedelnikov is now working in a more experimental manner using photography and video to explore contemporary reality. 

Anna Sergeeva

Anna Sergeeva is a freelance photojournalist currently based in Moscow. She specialises in editorial, news and feature assignments and has worked in Russia, Georgia and Kazakhstan. She is represented by RIA Novosti, Zuma Press and Corbis, and has had work published in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Russian Reporter magazine, Lenta.ru and Ogonyok magazine.

Elena Sergova

Elena Sergova is a Bulgarian journalist and editor for local culture publications, living in Berlin. She balances out the city's crazy nightlife with long bike rides, yoga, and chocolate brownies. 

Dimitry Shabalin

Dmitry Shabalin is junior fashion editor at Numéro Russia, an art and luxury magazine, and a student of performance art at the Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow. Since turning to journalism at the age of 17, he has written for Grazia Italy, Metal Magazine and the Russian editions of Elle, Collezioni and GQ Style. 

Ilnur Sharafiev

Ilnur Sharafiev works at SMENA, Kazan’s centre for contemporary art, and as a freelance writer for Meduza.

Rob Sharp

Rob Sharp is a freelance journalist based in London. A former arts corespondent of the Independent, he has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Frieze and Prospect

Anastasia Shavlokhova

Anastasia Shavlokhova is a contemporary art curator from St Petersburg. She studied history of art in St Petersburg, where she also was one of the founders and artistic director of Open-Studio Nepokorennie. She was the founding-curator of the START project to support young Russian art at the Winzavod centre in Moscow. She has also worked as an independent curator, organising group and solo shows for Russian and European artists, such as The Space of Silence at Krasnoye Znamia in St Petersburg; video art festival Video Caprute; Fabio Viale Marble at Garage in Moscow. Anastasia holds a German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for 2012-13.

Katerina Shcherbakova

Katerina Shcherbakova is a Moscow-based documentary photographer currently studying fine art and photography at the British HIgher School of Art and Design. Before that she studied history and media communication, and has worked as a producer and a live reporter for Rain TV. She has a passion for film, politics and Edinburgh.

Ekaterina Shcherbakova

Ekaterina Shcherbakova was born in 1990 in Novorossiysk in southern Russia. She holds a Diploma in Philosophy and Cultural Studies from the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Ekaterina has contributed to the realization of several contemporary art exhibitions, working in collaboration with Moscow galleries. She is currently extending her professional development as a curator by working independently in France and finalising her participation in the Curatorial Training Program at Ecole du Magasin in Grenoble. 

Anton Shebetko

Anton Shebetko is a Ukrainian artist and photographer based in Amsterdam who works closely with LGBT-related topics. His project Pleshka, about Kiev’s old cruising spots, was featured in the Festival of Young Ukrainian artists in Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kiev. His latest project, Common People, is a series of altered portraits of and interviews with closeted Ukrainian gays. See more of his work here

Max Sher

Born in St Petersburg, raised in Siberia and educated in Siberia and France, Max took up photography in 2006. His work, personal and commissioned, has since appeared, among others, in Courrier International, Monocle, Esquire (Russia), Le Monde, Bloomberg Businessweek, Ogonëk, Wallpaper, The Independent Magazine, Financial Times Weekend, Newsweek Japan, Afisha, Bolshoi Gorod, Russian Reporter, Snob, as well as in photography publications including Foto8, Private, Fraction Magazine, Flak Photo, Unless You Will, LPV, to name a few. He has exhibited in St Petersburg, Vienna, Moscow, Bratislava, etc. In 2008, Max was nominated for KLM Paul Huf Awards, and in 2013 he was a finalist in the Cord Prize. He currently lives and works in Moscow.

Sasha Shestakova

Shestakova Sasha is an independent art-writer based in Moscow. Currently writing for Kommersant newspaper, aroundart.ru and others.

Anya Shevchenko

Anya Shevchenko is an architectural writer and researcher based in Moscow. She contributes to several Russian media outlets, such as Colta.ru and others. She studied architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute and architectural research at Strelka Institute.

Fedor Shklyaruk

Fedor Shklyaruk lives and works in Moscow. He studied physics and worked in a research institute before turning to photography. He work mainly looks at sociological themes and photography as a medium. 

Dasha Shkurpela

Originally from Kyrgyzstan, Dasha Shkurpela lives in New York and works in painting, drawing and sculpture. She has exhibited her work internationally since 1995. Dasha writes arts criticism and explores the past and present of the former Soviet space through objects that remain. Her essay Dacha is included in Five Ways of Being a Painting, a collection of essays by the 2017 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize winners. Dasha is an alumna of the American University in Central Asia, Central European University in Budapest, Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and the City University of New York Writers’ Institute. Her work can be seen on her website.

Nikita Shokhov

Moscow-based photographer Nikita Shokhov's work has been featured in Lenta.ru, Le Monde, Elle and Time Out among others. In 2014, he won 3rd prize at the World Press Photo Awards in the Staged Portraits category. He is a graduate of the photography programme at the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia and has a degree in law. 

Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short is a Berlin-based writer and editor originally from Birkenhead, UK. She has journalistic experience filming and producing breaking news around the world, and has published written pieces primarily about art and culture both online and in print. 

Olga Shvarova

Olga Shvarova is an associate consultant at Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. She has a particular interest in innovative design, disruptive technology and hardware high tech, which lead her to complete a doctorate degree in Material Science. Despite pursing a career on the borders between science and investment, Olga has always found time for creative arts, writing and translating poetry, and has worked as a freelance writer for the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom under the leadership of Professor Timothy Garton Ash.

Igor Simkin

St Peterburg-based photographer Igor Simkin studied public relations before moving into documentary and art photography in 2010. He has since worked for a variety of well-known magazines including Afisha, Nash Zenit, Russian Reporter, Neon and The Village. He is currently studying visual art theory. 

Irina Sirotkina

Irina Sirotkina is a researcher at the Institute for the History of Science and Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and a historian of movement culture. She lives with her husband Roger Smith in Moscow, where they participate in a studio of "musical movement", Terpsichore.

Olga Smirnova

Olga Smirnova is a St Petersburg-based freelance writer and photographer. A social anthropologist by training, she is currently the head of media at f42, a creative agency. Smirnova previously worked as online editor of lifestyle magazine Sobaka.ru and was part of the editorial team responsible for launching The Village, a hyperlocal media site covering St Petersburg. 

Isabella Smith

Isabella Smith is a freelance writer based in London who focuses on art and culture. She’s also assistant editor at Ceramic Review magazine. 

Roger Smith

Roger Smith is Reader Emeritus in History of Science, Lancaster University, and Honorary Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
He lives in Moscow with his wife Irina Sirotkina, where they participate in a studio of "musical movement", Terpsichore.

Noah Sneider

Noah Sneider is a Moscow-based writer. He is the Moscow Correspondent for The Economist, covering Russia, Ukraine, and the post-Soviet space. His work has also appeared in The AtlanticThe New York TimesThe New RepublicSlateThe Believer, The Big Roundtable1843 Magazine, and elsewhere.

Vitaly Stadnikov

Vitaly Stadnikov is an urban planner and architect, and a researcher on the Constructivist heritage of the Volga region. He has worked as the head of the project to restore the Samara Factory Canteen into a state centre of contemporary art, as chief architect at the Centre of Infrastructure at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, as City Architect for Samara (2012-13) and as gubernatorial advisor for the Samara region. He is the author of Samara: Endangered City on the Volga and Samara: Guide to Modern Architecture.

Val Starilov

Val Starilov is a graphic designer who specializes in advertisement and contemporary art. He lives and works on his projects in Voronezh city. Having combined art and journalist degrees, Val explores the peculiarities of modern urbanistic cultures and the art space of the big city. His students in Voronezh College of Fine Arts have been exhibiting some impressive works in graphic art and commercial art projects. Val is also the co-founder and curator of the Setka — a project for an art-design community in Voronezh which connects people and helps them share their skills and develop themselves.

Val participated in The Calvert Journal's New Writers Programme.

Sean Stoker

Sean Stoker is a writer based in and around London. His first book, Draculaland, was published by Eros Press in 2016.

Vlad Strukov

Vlad Strukov is an Associate Professor in Digital Culture at the University of Leeds. He has worked at different universities in Russia, the USA and the UK. His research is on film, animation, art, media, television, and digital culture. His publications include such books as Shocking Chic: Glamour and Celebrity in Contemporary Russian Culture and From Central to Digital: Television in Russia. He is the founding and principal editor of a journal entitled Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media (Digital Icons).

Kolia Sulima

Born and raised in Belarus, at the age of 35, Kolia Sulima found himself in North California. As a life-changing experiment, he switched from finance to freelance journalism and now contributes to various publications in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. He's a poet, writer and photographer.

Sergej Sumlenny

Sergej Sumlenny is a Russian-born journalist, political scientist and writer. He worked in Moscow for leading German TV broadcaster ARD and was a chief editor of a news programme at Russian business broadcaster RBC-TV. He has researched political journalism in post-war Germany and held a German Federal Chancellor's Fellowship. Since 2005, he has been living in Frankfurt and Berlin, where he writes for leading Russian economics magazine Expert.