A guide to the New East


Tanner Tafelski

Tanner Tafelski is a writer and critic based in New York. He has written for The Chiseler, Fandor's Keyframe, Film Comment, Hyperallergic, Kinoscope, and The Village Voice. You can give him a holler @TTafelski.  

Bermet Talant

Bermet Talant is a Kyrgyz journalist who currently works in Ukraine where she writes about business and international affairs for the Kyiv Post. 

Phoebe Taplin

Phoebe Taplin is a freelance journalist and writer, specialising in culture and travel. She spent five years exploring Moscow and is the author of four seasonal guidebooks, Moscow Walks. Her articles have appeared in the Guardian, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Moscow News, World Today and other magazines and newspapers.

Sofia Tatarinova

Sofia Tatarinova is a Moscow-based photographer whose work has been exhibited across the globe in Russia, Austria, the US and Germany. She is a graduate of Moscow Press University, and The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Moscow. She is also a member of the Russian Photographic Union. 

Alexandra Tatarsky

Alexandra Tatarsky is a writer and performer based in New York City.  She has adapted the work of Kharms, Goethe and S. Ansky for the stage and has a particular scholarly interest in gibberish. 

Laura Ștefănuț

Laura Ștefănuț is a Bucharest-based freelance journalist. She has been a long-time collaborator with the German public television statyion ARD, has published in international outlets such as Reuters and recently co-authored a documentary on ARTE TV. She mostly covers topics related to social movements, immigration, poverty and the garment industry. 

Jacques Testard

Jacques Testard is the publisher of Fitzcarraldo Editions, and a founding editor of The White Review.

Gulliver Theis

Gulliver Theis is a freelance photographer based in Hamburg working across fashion, advertising and travel. He has collaborated with Vogue, Wallpaper, Coca-Cola, Motorola, Panasonic and many more. He has travelled regularly to Russia since 2005.

Jonas Tinius

Jonas Tinius is a post-doc at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He studied at the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Cambridge (UK), where he also completed his PhD in 2016 entitled State of the Arts: German Theatre and Political Self-Cultivation. He is convenor of the Anthropologies of Arts Network (with Alex Flynn) and member of the steering committee for the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH). He is editor of Anthropology, Theatre, and Development: The Transformative Potential of Performance (Palgrave, 2015, with Alex Flynn) and ‘Micro-utopias: anthropological perspectives on art, creativity, and relationality’ (Journal of Art and Anthropology, 2016, with Ruy Blanes, Alex Flynn, and Maïté Maskens). www.jonastinius.com

Danila Tkachenko

Danila Tkachenko is a visual artist working with documentary photography. His work explores themes of identity and the self. In 2014 he won first prize in the Staged Portraits category at the World press Photo awards. 

Anastasia Tsayder

Anastasia Tsyder graduated from the faculty of  photojournalism at the St Petersburg Journalists Union. She specialises in documentary photography and contributes to a number of Russian and international publications. You can see more of her work on her website

Egor Tsvetkov

Egor Tsvetkov was born in 1994 in St Petersburg, getting his photography education at St Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity in the "Silhouette" photo studio. He now works as a freelancer and photo editor at paperpaper.ru. He is intrested in documentary photography. You can see some more of his work here.

Daria Tuminas

Daria Tuminas is a freelance researcher, photographer and curator. Born in St Petersburg and based in Amsterdam, Tuminas currently works at the Johan Deumens Gallery, teaches at the FOTOfactory and writes for different media organisations. From 2012 to 2014, she co-organised the annual Dutch Photography Experience event, which included a series of educational events at FotoDepartment in St Petersburg as well as Undercover, a group exhibition on Dutch photobooks. The exhibition was awarded silver at the European Design Awards. In 2011, Tuminas graduated from an MA in film and photographic studies from Leiden University. She also has degrees from St Petersburg State University. 

Alan Turgutoglu

Currently living in Budapest, Alan spent a lot of 2013 and 2014 living in Russia, China and Ukraine. He has a degree in Culture Studies from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is fascinated by the ideological cynicism of communist cultural policy and its legacy. He is neither a sensitive artist nor a political or creative industry analyst. He sometimes travels through eastern European countries to voyeuristically gawp at communist architecture, which is almost nonexistent in his suburban home country of the Netherlands. 

Olesya Turkina

Curator and critic Dr Olesya Turkina co-created Russia’s first feminist exhibitions after 1989. She has worked on numerous exhibitions, including MIR: Made in the XX Century at the Russian Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale, 1999, and contributed to numerous publications such as ICE CREAM. 10 contemporary curators. 100 contemporary artists. 10 source artists (2007) and Gendered Art History in the Post-Soviet Space (2010). She is a Senior Research fellow at the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg and teaches at the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg State University. 

Matt Turner

Matt Turner is a London based freelance journalist and programmer, who also works for independent filmmaker community Shooting People. His work can be found at Tale of Cinema.