New East 100: meet the people, places and projects shaping our world today

From first class fashion to extraordinary art, meet the people, places and projects shaping our world today. Stay tuned for fresh updates throughout 2017

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Yacheyka

Yekaterinburg architects reinventing Constructivist heritage for the 21st century

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Alisa Ganieva

Meet the visionary author pulling back the curtain on Dagestan and beyond

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SHTAB

The queer communists of Bishkek bringing politics and art back together

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AES+F

Russia’s premier surreal-medieval-cyber art collective

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Asiya Bareeva

The Russian designer changing how we perceive Islamic fashion

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Jahnkoy

The New York-based Russian fashion label celebrating a new multiculturalism

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Egor Kraft

The Russian artist breaking the fake news cycle with witty

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Radmila Khakova

The Tatar writer lifting the veil on modern dating

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Wullfius

Visual art and music rub shoulders in the work of this Yalta-based prodigy

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Project Art Beat

The portable Tbilisi-based gallery taking contemporary art out into the Caucasus

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Nanushka

The Budapest fashion label fusing high style with functionality

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Wonderzine

The smart and sassy magazine pushing Russia’s gender revolution

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Delada

A London-based Russian label inspired by personal memories and collective history

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Ivan Zoloto

Russia’s DIY music legend bringing strange new sounds to the airwaves

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Marfa Journal

The arts magazine by a Yekaterinburg native inspired by a Texan town

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Young Russia

This online film project focuses short documentaries on young Russian women

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Nadia Bedzhanova

Shooting today's hyper-connected youth, from Moscow to New York

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Masha Demianova and Stacey Batashova

The fashion photographer and stylist duo challenging the conventions of fashion

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Andro Wekua

Discover how this Abkhazia-born artist is rebuilding his hometown from memory

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J. Kim

The fashion designer whose rich designs channel cultures from Korea to Uzbekistan

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Kirill Savchenkov

The Russian artist exploring existence in the post-Soviet city

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Post-Soviet erotica

The magazines and photographers leaving 90s sleeze behind

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MISBHV

Ready-to-wear label from Warsaw fusing imagery from East and West

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Multiverse Architecture

The Georgian architectural bureau regenerating Tbilisi, one building at a time

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Kasia Syramalot

Meet the journalist-photographer pulling back the curtain on contemporary Minsk

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Nikola Mihov

Meet the photographer exploring the forgotten communist-era monuments of Bulgaria

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Nazira

6 Kazakh electronic artists as picked by Almaty’s prominent DIY promoter

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KOPI

Minimal jewellery from Warsaw that’s bursting with character

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Ivan Mitin

The man rethinking leisure, from pay-per-minute cafes to cottages in the woods

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Oldushka

The over-45 modelling agency bringing the glamour of age to the fashion world

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Romanian design

Discover a new generation of designers driving a minimalistic trend

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Aza Shadenova

The Kazakh artist whose canvases capture Central Asia’s cultural crossroads

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Wiktoria Wojciechowska

The prolific Polish photographer capturing war, home and Chinese commuters

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The Deep Splash

Dive into the growing archive of Lithuania’s cultural diaspora

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OFF Biennale Budapest

Celebrating independence and bravery in Hungarian art

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Glintshake

Avant-garde Muscovite post-pop for the masses

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Boutique bookshops

Slices of literary paradise across the New East

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Hassan Kurbanbaev

The Uzbek photographer capturing the essence of Moscow

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Poly Chain

From shoegaze to solo synth, meet the Ukrainian artist ruling electronica

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Philosophy magazine

The Budapest-made publication unafraid of mixing fashion with physics

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Aida Sulova

Bishkek’s pioneering art impresario

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Sofia Tchkonia and Grigor Devejiev

The driving forces behind Georgia’s fashion boom

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Alina Philippova

Watch this Russian filmmaker's quietly moving exploration of grief

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Concept Stores

High style meets creative space

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We are not sisters

Slovakia's sleek and affordable alternative to fast fashion

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Louisa Chalatashvili

Behind the lens, documenting Georgia’s creative boom

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MATÉRIEL Tbilisi

The fashion factory behind Georgia’s stylistic evolution

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Lithuanian electronica

The DJs behind the best new Baltic beats

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Maria Teriaeva

The Russian musician’s new video conjures a world impossible to forget

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Moa Pillar

The intimate and intricate new sound of Russian electronic music

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Volia Chajkouskaya

The trailblazing producer looking to revitalise Belarusian cinema

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Maša Šarović

Serbia’s new pioneer of cinematic suspense

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Marta Jakubowski

Meet the Polish designer dressing the stars

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Zuzanna Bartoszek

Poland's fiercely independent poet, artist and muse

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Manizha

The Tajik singer who found fame through Instagram

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Yugoexport

Art project reviving Yugoslav apparel for today’s corporate world

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The Great Fruit

Music video masters reviving retro aesthetics

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Też Architekci

Poznań architects bringing minimalist beauty to Poland

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Lotta Volkova

The in-demand stylist who sparked our post-Soviet obsession

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Kedr Livanskiy

Russia’s new queen of dreamy electronica

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Gacha Bakradze

Ring in the summer with this Georgian producer's blissful beach-ready sound

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Réka Bucsi

Get to know Hungary's young Oscar-shortlisted filmmaker and her wonderfully brilliant animations

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Avdotja Alexandrova

The Lumpen agency founder leading a new model army in Moscow

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Luna

The Kiev-based musician doing Russian-language pop her own way

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Tima Radya

Meet Russia’s most elusive street artist

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Neva Balnikova

The Bulgarian designer revamping everyday objects into avant-garde jewellery

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Scenic drives

Discover a lost roadside kingdom in southern Ukraine

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Lola Paprocka

The Polish photographer getting to the heart of brutalist Belgrade

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Agnese Kleina

Benji Knewman is the English-Latvian print magazine you need to know now

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Anna Zaradny

Poland’s experimental polymath is conquering the art world

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Michał Marczak

The Polish filmmaker blurring the lines between documentary and fiction

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ISSMAG

Giving Russia’s most up-and-coming artists space to breathe

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George Nebieridze

The Tbilisi native documenting the essence of youth in contemporary Berlin

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Ukrainian fashion illustrators

These designs from Kiev are changing the way we look at fashion

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Dunya Zakharova

This Yakutia-born artist’s pastel-hued world is chilling yet tender

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Katja Novitskova

The Estonian artist moving from cute online animals to post-human dystopia

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20ft Radio

The shipping container in central Kiev that's the coolest place to party

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Water Journal

Meet Edvinas Bruzas, the man behind Lithuania's breathtaking new magazine

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Coffee spots

5 of the most Instagrammable cafés from Tallinn to Odessa

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Liana Satenstein

The Vogue writer on leaving New England for Crimea and the end of the post-Soviet aesthetic

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New East zines

The DIY publishers exploring freedom of expression on their own terms

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366 Concept

The brand giving Poland’s communist-era furniture a new lease of life

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Katja Novitskova

The Estonian artist moving from cute online animals to post-human dystopia

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Abzal Issabekov

Meet Kazakhstan's most radical fashion export, the man who's reinventing menswear

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Husky

The Russian musician breaking stories through rap

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Buttechno

The Gosha Rubchinskiy collaborator building an underground music community

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Join the Cool

The Ukrainian creative collective breaking all the rules

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Joanna Piotrowska

This Polish photographer is exploring vulnerability in her alternative guide to self-defence

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Marie Tomanova

The Czech artist-curator challenging post-Eastern Bloc aesthetics

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Demna Gvasalia

10 ways the Vetements founder revolutionised fashion

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Uno Moralez

Enter the seductive, nightmarish digital universe of Russia’s mysterious gif artist

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Oneohtrix Point Never

From Sophia Coppola to FKA Twigs, the musician bridging film, art and pop

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Martin Kollar

This Czech-born photographer documents his bizarre ride through an uncertain Europe

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Slava Lepsheev

Meet the crew leading Kiev’s awesome underground rave scene

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Kiko Kostadinov

The Bulgarian designer plotting a new direction for British menswear

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Adrian Ghenie

How one painter’s dark vision exploded the art scene in Transylvania