The Mainline Group
Art and research duo of ancient storytellers armed for a discussion with the technosphere working internationally. Its two lungs are Lena Kilina (PhD, UNICAMP)—a visual anthropologist and performance artist; and Sofya Chibisguleva (MA, Royal College of Art)—a writer and sculptor. Their genres and tools of cultural engagement include sound art, audiobooks, art therapy, and printed media.
Qatari musician and game designer.
The work of Metahaven consists of filmmaking, writing, and design. Recent solo exhibitions include Turnarounds, e-flux, New York (2019), Version History, ICA London (2018), Earth, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2018), Hometown, Izolyatsia, Kiev (2018), and Information Skies, Auto Italia, London (2016). Among recent group exhibitions are Ghost:2651, Bangkok (2018), the Sharjah Biennial (2017), and the Gwangju Biennale (2016). Recent publications include PSYOP: An Anthology (Koenig Books, London, 2018), and Digital Tarkovsky (Strelka Press, Moscow, 2018).
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES
YHCHI is Young-Hae Chang (Korea) and Marc Voge (USA). Based in Seoul, they write and animate texts set to their own music. They gave the 2020 Renato Poggioli Lecture at Harvard University.
Hive Mind Records
vinyl led label specializing in vintage and contemporary sounds from around the globe.
Radio is a Foreign Country
A not-for-profit radio platform and mixtape series featuring cut-ups of international radio broadcasts (AM, FM & shortwave), sound travelogues, and obscure regional folk and pop music from the global hinterlands.
Cameroonian refugee seeking asylum in Russia. EastEast does not disclose Gabriel's personal information for the sake of his security.
Musician and beat-maker living between Berlin and Ramallah, Palestine. His photo on our contributors page was taken by Raouf Haj Yihya.
Singer-songwriter and producer from Saudi Arabia, who combines experimental electronics with pre-Islamic and Quranic poetry sung in classical Arabic.
Moscow-based musician and selector Lev Zhitskiy, focusing on experimental electronic music and folk traditions of the world.
Musicians Rully Shabdara and Wukir Suryadi from Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Their works explore the aural elements of traditional music in the framework of experimental music practice.
Mariam Natroshvili and Detu Jincharadze
Tbilisi-based artist duo. Working mainly in public space, in their artistic projects they bring written or spoken words to different places in cities. Since 2020, Mariam and Detu moved their practice to the digital reality and started to use a video game engine to create videos and interactive installations. Their main topics of interest are: people and cities, contemporary rituals and mythology, heterotopias, lost and forgotten stories and history, words, words, words.
Distributed Cognition Cooperative
Research unit established by Anna Engelhardt and Sasha Shestakova to research post-soviet (de)coloniality. By exploring the relationship between material bodies and abstract machines, DCC aims to disentangle post-Soviet space from the notion that it is a single unified zone and to present it instead as a heterogeneous range of socio-economic histories and cultures.
Label and record shop originally founded in Portland in 2004, known for their reissues of old and rare soul, R&B, blues, punk, and folk from around the world.
Pioneer of Georgian fashion industry with two decades of design experience. Today INGOROKVA is one of the country’s most talked about luxury womenswear labels that creates collections featuring masculine cuts mixed with feminine touches. Inspired by personalities, moods, ambitions, desires, and the present, Tamuna Ingorokva presents timeless looks shaped by modern culture and art.
Anthropologist and historian, professor at the European University in Saint Petersburg, the author Nationalisms in Central Asia: In Search of Identity and Soviet Kishlak: Between Colonialism and Modernization, co-editor of the anthology on modern migration Living in two worlds: rethinking transnationalism and translocality.
Works with staged and landscape photography. Graduated from the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow and Ecole nationale supérieure Louis Lumière in Paris. Lives and works between Paris and Moscow.
Designer and furniture maker specializing in Moroccan crafts. She studied at the Wood and Furniture College in Amsterdam. During her last year of study, she worked in Morocco. In 2013, once back in Amsterdam, Mina founded her design studio. Since then she travels regularly to Morocco.
Translator and specialist in Chinese Studies. She graduated from the A.M. Gorky Institute of Literature and from the Interuniversity Faculty of Chinese, IAAS at Moscow State University, and took part in an internship program at Peking University. She now lives and works in Beijing.
Artist. Born in Tikhoretsk. Graduated from the Department of Art and Graphics of the Kuban State University and the self-organized Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art. Master's student at the School of Design at the Higher School of Economics. Member of the Businki Art Cooperative. She works with printed graphics and textiles exploring the themes of everyday life and coexistence. Lives and works in Krasnodar and Moscow.
Architect and an urban designer from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, currently based in Moscow. His work focuses on designing a more sustainable and resilient urban environment. He worked and studied in New York where he was a student of Ziad Jamaleddine at Columbia GSAPP Urban Design Program.
Stylist from Tashkent, founder of 7/1 bureau. She has worked as an editor for Uzbek magazines and currently organizes public talks on fashion and consults with local brands to help them improve.
Artist and amateur filmmaker, originally from Ishimbay, currently based in Moscow. She considers herself an unofficial student of Guram Abesadze and Ivan Vyrypaev. Inspired by modernist artists, she began to practice drawing and painting on her own. Graduate of the BAZA Institute (2017).
Shua'a Ali Al Muftah
She graduated from the Richmond University of London with a degree in Computer Science. Her inspirations, which drove her self-teaching methods of painting, are drawn from great abstract expressionist artists such as Franz Kline and Joan Mitchell. Shua'a is based in Doha where she is working on further developing her method—enabling a space where she can recall the past, analyze the present, and imagine the future.
Iranian-Kurdish media artist, activist, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work questions current political, socio-cultural, and gender norms, with a particular emphasis on exploring the relationship between technology and art activism.
Dr. Khawla Almarri is an Emirati cultural researcher and writer. Her academic interests include the history of the Arabian Gulf and its cultural heritage and identity. Dr. Khawla Almarri is the author of “Heroes and Villains: A Conversation Between Evil and Good in the Middle East” (2019) and “Interview with a Collector: A Closer Look at Qatari Collectors and Their Stories”(2021) in cooperation with the Mal Lawal exhibition organized by the National Museum of Qatar. Dr. Almarri is also the founder of Eduqate, a research lab devoted to documenting Arab Gulf history, Khaleeji culture, identity, and social integration in the GCC.
Photographer with international experience. He graduated from the Rodchenko Art School (2017), won the “Silver Camera” (2015) and also won the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards (2017).
Indian-American anthropologist recognized as a major theorist in globalization studies. He is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. Arjun Appadurai has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Duke 2006), Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Minnesota 1996; Oxford India 1997), and Failure (co-authored with Neta Alexander; Polity, 2019).
Curator and art researcher with a background in political science, culture studies, and curatorial studies. He is interested in relationships between artistic practice, contexts and its representation. Azad was a research assistant for the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. In 2016, he curated the first French solo show of Oksana Shachko, an artist, activist, and co-founder of the Femen movement. In 2018, he was invited by the Zadkine Museum (Paris), to create their performance programme. Since 2019, he is the associate curator at Ta(r)dino 6 Art Platform (Baku).
Graduated from the A. N. Kosygin Moscow State Textile University. During her studies, she was working as a freelance stylist. Upon graduation, she launched her own clothing brand Asiya Bareeva, as well as a line of ceramic objects.
Artist and writer. At the moment, she spends a lot of time thinking through the tripartite relationship between animals, humans, and technology. She works as a lecturer and is a Ph.D. Candidate at Kunstakademiet in Trondheim Norway, and as a researcher with ALICE laboratory at EPFL in Lausanne. She is also an editor at Humanimalia, an open-access journal of human/animal studies soon to be relaunched in the omnivorous void between the two, in Utrecht, Netherlands. You can learn more about her work at www.maribastashevski.com or reach out to her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and twitter.com/maribst
Lebanese electronic musician, dj, and curator based in Berlin, head of Morphine Records.
Born 1977 in Szklarska Poręba, lives and works in Wrocław, Poland. In his photography, his special interests are in documenting urban spaces, with an emphasis on locations wrapped in a specifically mysterious atmosphere. His collected works can be found in the artist's blog Rewiry paranormalne (Paranormal Zones) and on his website.
Artist and architect. He live and works between Moscow and Nalchik.
Fashion designer based in Riga, Latvia. “I grew up in a family of theater actors, TV journalists and architects, and all of these areas are reflected in my perception of the world. For me, fashion creation is a tool for narrative, communication and mood creation, so I can be fully identified as a multidisciplinary artist. I am a creator focusing on fashion and art, culture and design. I curate ideas somewhere between untamed mind and sophistication, curious brain games and simplicity.”
Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the School of Sciences and Humanities, Nazarbayev University. She specializes in urban anthropology, anthropology of Islam, intellectual history, and post-colonial studies.
Cultural worker and researcher based in Bishkek. She researches the political economy of urban ecology. Bermet is a co-founder of a number of initiatives: “Preobrazhensky Cooperative,” a comic strip about invisible labor “Ya.Eda,” a mobile game “Migrant School,” #БишкекСмог (Bishkek Managed), #ФудшерингвБишкеке (Foodsharing in Bishkek) and the Bishkek School of Contemporary Art. She has been taking part in numerous international and regional projects as well as writing on urban ecology, labor, gender equality, and contemporary art.
Sociologist, leading researcher at the Center for Independent Sociological Research. Graduated from the European University at St. Petersburg. For over 20 years she has been engaged in urban studies and research on migration from the post-Soviet region.
Kiev-based artist and architect, works with photography and exhibitional display. Oleksandr was the member of Melnychuk-Burlaka group (2007-2011) and Grupa Predmetiv (2011-2016), co-founder and member of the curatorial and activist interdisciplinary group Hudrada (Ukrainian for "Creative Committee"). As a photographer, he contributed to Kiew Architekturführer by DOM Publishers, Balcony Chic and Orthodox Chic by Osnovy.
Artist from Nizhny Novgorod. He focuses on working with the endangered cultural landscape, creating large-scale site-specific installations that do not have final versions and change under the influence of the environment.
A sound anthropologist, ethnographer, and designer. His academic and artistic research focuses on the cultural aspect of sound, its functionality in everyday activities and the relationship between the listeners and their place.
Salma Samar Damluji
Architect, Professor, Binladin Chair for Architecture in the Islamic World at the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut, and coauthor of the book Hassan Fathy: Earth & Utopia (2018)
Composer and performer of electroacoustic music from Canada. Her projects are primarily concerned with psychoacoustics of aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures. Davachi holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Calgary and a master's degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College in Oakland, California. She is currently a doctoral candidate in musicology at UCLA and is based in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Photographer based in Moscow. Before turning to photography, she studied journalism and worked as a photo shoot producer. She has taken photographs for Dazed, i-D, Vogue, Metal, Purple among others.
Artist, graduated from the Department of Graphic Arts at the Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts. Works mainly in the technique of printed graphics.
Uses photography as a medium to express an autobiographical stance based on human relationships in terms of the concept of identity. Her work has been exhibited internationally, solo shows includes City of Athens Arts Center, Badisches Landesmuseum Schloss Karlsruhe, Galeria Studio (Warsaw), Citizen’s Art Center (Kanazawa), Galerie Deux (Tokyo) and Eigen+Art Gallery (Berlin). She lives and works in Berlin.
Linguist and blogger based in London, United Kingdom. He holds a BA in French and Linguistics from Oxford University and is currently finishing his MA in Iranian Studies at SOAS University of London. He blogs about the shared lexical heritage of the Persianate cultural sphere on his blog Vājabāz, as well as Persian language and literature for the London-based institution Persian Language Online.
Сo-founder of FLEE and the residency program Extra Muros, he is a French-Austrian photographer and curator with a focus on urbanism and social questions surrounding music.
Stefan Williamson Fa
Anthropologist and music producer from Gibraltar. His research and works focus on religion, music, and everyday forms of sonic expression in the Caucasus, Anatolia, and the Mediterranean. Stefan is a co-founder of Mountains of Tongues, a non-profit project which aims to promote musical diversity in the Caucasus.
Egyptian architect (1900-1989) who devoted himself to creating residential architecture for the poor. He used traditional materials and ancient construction methods, designing entire residential neighborhoods at minimal cost. He taught architecture for many years at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo University.
Editor and film producer. Graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a major in Turkish language and from a business school in San Francisco. Anna writes about the cinema and musical culture of Turkey and West Asia, as well as the growing role of women in cultural and political processes of the region.
Special Features and News Editor at EastEast. Author of non-acid arab telegram-channel. Independent researcher on contemporary art from Arab region. Graduated from the RSUH with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic language.
Anthropologist, translator. Graduated from the Department of European Languages of the Russian State University for the Humanities, holds an MA in folklore studies.
A London-based Iraqi-American artist, producer, audio-visual archivist, and founder of the Syrian Cassette Archives.
PhD, Associate Professor at the Department of Jewish Culture at the Institute of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University, researcher at the Center for the Study of Jewish Civilization in Russian at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Editor and film critic, event organizer. She worked as a manager of the Powerhouse and Pluton music venues, at the moment she is part of Unity Moscow. Nailya also works with family history: for several years she has been collecting songs that her grandmother used to sing in Tatar.
Traditional Chinese Medicine chef and nutritionist. Born in Shanghai, China, Zoey now lives in New York City, where she hosts pop-up medicinal dinners and collaborates with various brands to teach the wisdom of medicinal cooking. She is the founder of Five Seasons TCM, a boutique wellness brand that shares and modernizes the knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food therapy through educational content and functional products.
Ethnomusicologist, writer, editor, and musician focused on the violin in Egypt. She loves teaching about music in context, playing music that gets people feeling and dancing, and writing about music, colonialism, women in sports, and other topics.
She graduated from the Free Workshops Contemporary Art School. She won the Arte Laguna Prize 2020 and was the finalist of the tretiakovprize. Her works are a part of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art collection.
Cinema scholar, master of art criticism and contributor to Cineticle online journal.
Co-founder and artistic director of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial. She studied architecture and urban design in Tbilisi and Barcelona. Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis concerning the (post-) Soviet mass housing settlement of Gldani, a suburb of Tbilisi. Lives and works in Berlin.
Chinese poet, publisher, and the co-founder of Xiron Books based in Beijing. He was born in 1976 in Taixing, Jiangsu province. His latest collection of poems, Night of Hualian, was published in 2019.
Artist and musician. Graduate of the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. Works with intuitive and staged photography as well as collage.
She has been curating various art and design exhibitions, as well as commissioning public art projects. Bora Hong was the Director of Gallery FACTORY, Seoul, Korea, from 2002 to 2018, and remains its curatorial advisor to date.
Philosopher from Hong Kong dealing with digital objects and the politics and poetics of technology, a computer engineer working on an alternative architecture for social networks, the author of books and articles on the philosophy of technology, media theory, and cybernetics, and a student of Bernard Stigler.
Music curator and visual designer based in Amman, Jordan.
Music and pop culture writer, editor and translator from Belarus, author of the По една песен на ден telegram channel.
Visual & Ethnographic Research Editor and Photo Editor at EastEast. Author of «Мурмолка», the channel on museum anthropology. She worked as a Photo Editor at Arzamas and Esquire Russia.
Worldwide FM and NTS Radio host and co-founder of the Zel Zele record label.
London-based musician, producer, DJ, and broadcaster.
Curator, writer, translator, and organizer from Los Angeles.
Mohamad Ziad Jamaleddine
Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (NY), and co-founder of L.E.FT Architects (Beirut/NY). Practitioner and scholar with a research focus on architecture in West Asia and North Africa, rigorously interrogating topics such as religious architecture and religiosity in public space.
Graphic designer and illustrator based in Shanghai. She loves travelling with her sketch book and exploring new ways to make digital art while at home.
Photographer, designer, and musician. Lives and works in Tashkent.
Art educator and curator. Master’s student of the University of British Columbia since August, 2021. From 2011 to 2021 she worked at the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Aomori Public University. As a chief curator of the ACAC which mainly runs artists’ residencies, she was taking key responsibilities for managing curatorial team and all programs organized at the ACAC. Besides, she has been working as an art educator, planning and carrying out educational and exchange programs such as workshop, school programs, gallery tour, etc. Major projects includes ISHIDA Takashi solo exhibition “Light on the Arc” (2019, ACAC), Artist in Residence Program 2018 “Dynamic Garden in Full Motion” (2018, ACAC).
Graphic designer based in Helsinki and Seoul. He participated in exhibitions such as Typojanchi 2019: 6th International Typography Biennale (Culture Station Seoul, 2019), The Lives of Others (Factory2, 2018, Seoul), TypoCraft Helsinki (Lokal, 2017), Urban Gastronomy (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, 2016, Seoul).
Self-taught Georgian designer, he founded his fun-loving eponymous label in 2010, presenting a surrealist collection saturated with outlandish concepts and references. The style of Keburia is a mix of underground and classy looks. His collections present a modern interpretation of femininity with the use of raw and provoking silhouettes, exaggerated shapes, mixing light and heavy fabrics.
Ethnographer, journalist, co-founder of the Ored Recordings label, specializing in field recordings of authentic traditional music from the Caucasus, Russia, and the world. Lives and works in Nalchik.
Researcher, translator and philosopher. She was born in Moscow, grew up in Lebanon, and now lives in the Netherlands. A graduate of the American University of Beirut and Bonn University, she studies determinations, delimitaions, the construction of imaginary worlds and the self-construction of nature.
Fashion designer, who lives in between Moscow and Tashkent. Founder of the J.Kim brand.
Teresa Yejoo Kim
Korean-American ethnographer, writer, and creator who lives and works between Los Angeles and Seoul. She studied literature, film studies, and anthropology in New York, London, Seoul, and Chicago. Yejoo is currently a PhD student in anthropology at UCLA and is interested in border logic, peacemaking, infrastructure, sovereignty, militarization, and media theory and production.
Archivist, artist, curator, and director from Portland, Oregon who runs the label Sahel Sounds dedicated to music from West Africa.
Artist working with community-based projects. Born in Tokyo. Got a PhD from Tokyo University of the Art. In 2016, Kitazawa was listed in Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia and selected as a fellow of Japan Foundation Asia Center. Jun currently lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Berlin-based curator, writer, and researcher. She holds a PhD in Islamic Studies and investigates contemporary Islam at the intersection of things, images, and script. Alina founded the contemporary archive, virtual showroom, and open research network “Hawass. Contemporary Islamic Aesthetics”.
Writer and an academic, focusing on digital culture, philosophy of technology, and new media. She is currently a research fellow at NYU Shanghai, Interactive Media Arts department and at the AI and Culture Research Centre. Her recent work can be found at www.bognamk.com
Architect and artist currently based in Odessa. She graduated from Odessa State Academy of Architecture, and is an alumna of the 2015/2016 Hybrid Urbanism program at Strelka Institute. Olga works with a range of projects from urban scaling to the research of local architectural forms. She is interested in the embodiment of space in cinema and art, sensual perception of architecture in daily life and on-screen.
Expert in the history of the Arabic region and Islam. He researches sufism from the historical perspective as well as in the regional context of contemporary Western Asia. Egor Korneev graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Countries at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2019. He is based in Moscow.
Art history PhD, researcher at the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and Central Asian Art at the Moscow State Museum of Oriental Art.
Anthropologist, sociologist of science, expert in Asian and Islamic studies. He is the director of Neon.University, a project dedicated to teaching rare, difficult, and uncommon subjects, and a senior researcher at the Institute for Cultural Studies at Moscow Higher School of Economics.
Artist. She was born and raised in Kyrgyzstan. Graduated from the Faculty of Art and Graphics of the Kuban State University and the self-organized Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art. Works with graphics and video, creates installations with social media material. Lives and works in Krasnodar.
Head of programming for the EastEast Radio stream, co-founder of Enthusiast Records, part of the team of the Moscow FM radio station Radio Kultura 91.6.
Feminist researcher and manager of cultural projects. She was born in Smolensk as is currently based in Berlin. Victoria works with the topics of feminism, decolonization, and anti-racism in the former USSR states.
Philosopher, historian, translator, editor of the lmnt < elementary [...] data recorder > platform, research assistant at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. Among his interests are ontological and epistemological anarchism, panpsychism, philosophy of technics. He read lectures during a public program to accompany Tomás Saraceno's Moving Atmospheres (Garage Museum, Moscow) and the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Ekaterinburg). Lives and works in Kaliningrad.
Artist, photographer, and writer based in Moscow. He was born in Japan and studied photojournalism in the Missouri University, USA. He has been traveling a lot and working on personal projects in Eastern European and Central Asian countries.
Independent curator living in Toronto, Canada or Dish With One Spoon Territory (Southern Ontario). Her work has taken place across Canada, in Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Quezon City (Metro Manila). Su-Ying Lee's website.
Writer, curator, researcher, producer in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, design, media theory, science and technology studies. She graduated in 2014 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently lives and works in Shanghai.
Video essayist and film critic, teacher at the Moscow Film School. Graduated from the Department of Philosophy of Moscow State University.
She is the Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. Before that, she was the Executive Director of the Translation and Interpreting Institute, which she founded in 2011. Dr. Al-Malki holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of London-SOAS, her research interests include the negotiation of identity between East and West, media representations of Arab women, and postcolonial literature.
Curator, researcher and cultural producer, currently based in Berlin. Currently together with the artist collective Slavs and Tatars she curates their new project space Pickle Bar in Berlin. Together with CCA Zarya Vladivostok she conceived and curated a research program Contact Zones: Far East (CCA Zarya Vladivostok, 2017-2020) and, from 2020, Contact Zones: Black, Azov and Caspain Seas at Golubitskoe Art Foundation. She curated a number of exhibitions among which are Fabian Knecht. Zerbrechung (CCA Zarya, Vladivostok, 2017); Morse Code: Distress Call (Haus Der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2014); Chto Delat? Perestroika. Twenty years after: 1991-2011 (Kölnischer Kunstverein, 2011).
Сo-founder of FLEE as well as the annual itinerant music residency program Extra Muros, Alan is an art and film director interested in intercultural questions and transmedia practices.
Writer, researcher, and amateur DJ exploring the intersection of migration, politics and pop culture in Central Asia. He is currently completing a PhD in anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research focuses on the transnational migrant communities linking Central Asia to Russia, Turkey, and South Korea.
Born in 1989, she lives and works in Athens, Greece. Maria is a visual artist using mainly photography while her work expands to new forms of the photographic image, such as VR, LiDar scans and screen captured images. Her work and research focuses on the new realities created by the connectible devices and the contradictions between the physical and the digital spaces that we inhabit. More information can be found on her website.
Independent researcher based in Kiev. She holds a degree in philosophy and studies problems of material agency.
A record collector, filmmaker, and co-founder of the Seattle-based label Sublime Frequencies.
Cameroonian philosopher, political theorist, and public intellectual. He is a Research Professor of History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Romance Studies at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University. Mbembe is an author of several books, among which are De la postcolonie. Essai sur l’imagination politique dans l’Afrique contemporaine (On the Postcolony) (Paris, Karthala, 2000; University of California Press, 2001) and Critique of Black Reason (Duke University Press, 2017).
Works with prose, essay, and sound. His writings have appeared in 3:AM, Australian Book Review, Southerly, at the University of Paris Diderot, at the Writers' House of Georgia, and elsewhere. Scott was a recipient of the Marten Bequest for Prose 2017–19, put toward the development and realisation of his first novel, Basin. He's been living in eastern Europe since 2014.
American cinematographer and poet of Lithuanian descent, one of the leaders of new American cinema and “the godfather of New-York avant-garde cinema.” He invented the genre of diary film essay, worked with Andy Warhol and artists of the Fluxus movement and cofounded Anthology Film Archives—the first independent center for preservation, study, and demonstration of experimental cinema.
Musician, director of the Shouka label, and curator of the Arabstazy platform.
Curator, lecturer at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. You Mi works with ancient and futuristic technologies and networks. She is one of the curators of the 13th Shanghai Biennale (2020–2021).
William H. Wannamaker Distinguished Professor of Romance Studies and Professor of Literature; and Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University. His books related to these topics include: The Darker Side of the Renaissance. Literacy, Territoriality and Colonization (1995); Delinking: The Rhetoric of Modernity, the Logic of Coloniality and the Grammar of Decoloniality (2007), Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking (2000), The Idea of Latin America (2006), On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analysis, Praxis co-authored with Catherine Walsh (2018) and The Politics of Decolonial Investigations (2021).
Artist and photographer. She studies everyday life through the genre of still life. Lives and works in Moscow. More of her work can be found on her website.
An independent filmmaker, photographer, and sound artist from Paris known for his work as the main director of Blogotheque's Take Away Shows and for his label Collection Petites Planètes. More information can be found on the label's site, as well as on Bandcamp and on Instagram.
Ekaterina Muromtseva was born in 1990 in Moscow. In 2017, she graduated from the Rodchenko Art School. She studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University. Muromtseva works with different media, including installations, video and graphics.
Contemporary musician, composer, sound designer, and producer based in Bandung, Indonesia.
Curator and artist based in Budapest, Hungary. As a Ph.D. student at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, he researches avant-garde fashion in Eastern Europe with an emphasis on the work of Hungarian fashion designer Tamás Király.
Music researcher and record producer specializing in early 20th century musics in languages other than English. Founder of the Canary Records label. Lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.
Co-founder of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial. He holds an M.Arch degree from the Georgian Technical University and an M.Sc. in Urban Management and Development from the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He is currently doing his PhD at Tbilisi State University, focusing on land ownership and conflict.
Alieta (Tatuna) Nikolaishvili
Georgian designer based in Tbilisi. She graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and established her brand in 2009 under the name Tatuna. She is known for her extraordinary pattern cuts, minimalistic lines and pastel colours. Enjoys drawing, sketching and pattern cutting. Her clothes are handmade from luxurious fabrics and her creations are sold worldwide.
Reading for a PhD in Daoist philosophy at East China Normal University, Shanghai. He is the creator of enuffing.com—a website with drawings and words, mostly about Chinese philosophy. Rory does drawings and editing for illustrated Zhuangzi stories on the YouTube Channel Philosophy in Motion.
Director of Historical Research at the Qatar National Library, responsible for identifying new historical content for the Qatar Digital Library in archives around the world, negotiating digitization partnerships with those archives, and for facilitating new research on Gulf Arab history and heritage. He holds a D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford and specializes in the history and heritage of the Gulf Arab states. He is the founding Editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies, the leading journal in the field of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies.
Moscow based artist. She graduated from Rodchenko Art School in 2011 and Hunter College MFA program in spring 2015. In 2010–2011, Margo was a resident at FABRICA S.P.A. (Treviso, Italy). Her zine Country of Women was shortlisted for Paris Photo–Aperture photo first photobook award in 2018. Since 2019, she's been teaching photography at Rodchenko Art School.
Editor-in-chief at EastEast. Co-founder of Syg.ma and Budka (Tbilisi). Author of the "Tashkent-Tbilisi" telegram-channel. This year he will join the Sandberg Instituut's "F for Fact" program.
Filipino artist and photographer based in Dubai. Recently, he self-published his first artist book entitled Conversations at the end of the universe. He was born on a Thursday.
Media artist currently living in Amsterdam. Her work can be found on website.
Journalist and growth editor, based in Moscow. She graduated from HSE Master's Programme in Applied Cultural Studies and worked as a writer and a growth editor at Wonderzine.
Philologist, journalist, and Ph.D. candidate at Saint-Petersburg State University. He is interested in Byzantine and Old Russian literature, medieval religious thought, narratology, and critical theory.
Moscow-based multidisciplinary artist. Through the field of inner/personal mythology and pseudo-folklore, she addresses the loss of identity in the face of globalization. The fruits of which can be seen encapsulated on video, voice performance and painting. Her recent exhibitions, among others, include “Ray’ok”(Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, 2020), Slash (Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, 2016), Single Copy (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, 2018).
He is a PhD Geography student at the National University of Singapore, who writes about post oil Khaleeji futures. You can also find Manishankar on Twitter: @change_thinker
Senior Editor at EastEast. Researcher and writer with a curatorial background, she is studying Chinese Philosophy at East China Normal University in Shanghai.
Artist. She was born in Baikonur and is currently based in Moscow. Sasha has a background in design and art history. She graduated from the Rodchenko School and completed the curatorial course What Could / Should Curating Do? in Belgrade. She is interested in phenomena arising at the intersection of online and offline processes, as well as in historical paradoxes and white spots.
Hungarian drummer, record collector, and cook. He has worked and toured with various acts from all around the world including Venetian Snares, Merzbow, and Trevor Dunn.
Historian, writer, and author of the popular telegram-channel “Parnassky Peresmeshnik” about the history of world culture.
Art historian and environmental activist, based in London. Bella is doing a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her thesis focuses on the visual culture of medieval Georgia. Her research interests include cross-cultural exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean and the South Caucasus, materiality of inscriptions and collective patronage of art in mountainous regions such as Svaneti. She is the editor-in-chief of immediations, Courtauld's annual peer-reviewed journal.
Curator of music programs at the V–A–C foundation and artistic program at Mutabor, clarinetist, and occasional DJ whose interests are focused on issues of the political in music, phenomenology of sound, and non-professional and community-based music practices.
Philosopher, PhD at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, associate Professor at the «Stasis» Center for Practical Philosophy of the European University at Saint Petersburg.
Designer and researcher whose work explores new forms of urban living enabled by emerging technologies. Maksym is the director of The Center for Spatial Technologies.
Managing editor at EastEast. He studied finance at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and philosophical anthropology at Russian State University for the Humanities.
Founder of Situationist. Sophisticated forms, quirky tailoring, and elemental colors are the hallmark of the brand. He easily gained recognition within and outside of the country by raising important subjects through fashion. The collections are characterized by reflective geometric constructions, strong lines, and sharp shoulders. They feature silhouettes, cuts, details, and proportions of Georgian traditional clothing. Every outfit reflects the region’s history, identity, and way of life.
Photographer from Tashkent. She specializes in portrait photography and has an interest in fashion.
Literary critic, producer at Individuum publishing house, cohost of the Polka podcast dedicated to Russian literature. Worked as an editor for Gazeta.Ru. Her texts have been published in Gorky.media, Seance.ru, Wonderzine, The Village, and Russian Reporter. Graduated from the Journalism Department at Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs with specialization in Hindi and Urdu.
Historian, born in Athens. He has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean Studies/FORTH since 2007, specializing in Ottoman social, cultural and intellectual history. Since 2018 he directs the project “GHOST — Geographies and Histories of the Ottoman Supernatural Tradition: Exploring Magic, the Marvelous, and the Strange in Ottoman Mentalities”, funded by the European Research Council (ERC Consolidator Grant). His monograph entitled A History of Ottoman Political Thought up to the Early Nineteenth Century was published in 2019.
Interdisciplinary scholar, author, editor. PhD in World Literature, PhD Candidate in Hispanic Studies, Teaching Fellow, Boston University. Main research areas: social mobility of African Diaspora in the Americas, power relations, politics of the archive, methodological challenges of the Humanities and Social Sciences, integration of the Humanities beyond academia.
Artist. Born in Krasnodar. She graduated from the self-organized Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art. Member of the Businki Art Cooperative. She works with installation, graphics, and photography, exploring the mythologization of personality and space. In her work, she attaches great importance to local situations and contexts, making them universal and accessible to all. Resident of the workshops of the Garage Museum, participant of the 2nd Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art "A Beautiful Night for All the People". Lives and works in Krasnodar.
Composer and sound artist living in Los Angeles. His pieces combine field recordings, simple electronic sounds, and open instrumental parts in an attempt to include the performing environment in the listener’s experience.
Аrtist, critic and curator. He holds a Master’s degree from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University, London and currently he is writing a PhD in philosophical aesthetics at Goethe-Universität (Frankfurt). From 2016 to 2019 he co-curated the Philosophy Club at Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow. He curated and took part as an artist in several exhibitions, contributed reviews, interviews, and articles to various international publications.
Book seller from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. He is a founder of one of the biggest book stores in the city called Jafer Books.
Co-founder of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial. Gigi completed his studies at the Georgian Technical University, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning. He lives and works in Tbilisi, where in 2013 opened his own architectural practice Wunderwerk, with a broad range of projects and an experimental-analytic direction. Since 2016 he is an invited independent expert for the Mies Award Prize.
Born in Russia, Olga is a multimedia artist creating her projects in Uzbekistan, her mother’s homeland. She graduated from the Moscow Art and Industry Institute in 2013. In her works, Olga uses a variety of media—from subject art, installations, and performance, to social research and cinema. She addresses the topic of her female gelealogy: both her grandmother and mother came from Uzbekistan. Olga treats the country as a timeless space, a portal where she finds answers to questions.
Arabist. Graduated from the Department of Oriental Studies of the St. Petersburg State University, she is currently doing her postdoc at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) and working oh a dissertation on Yemeni ethnocultural identity.
Researcher and activist. He graduated from the Institute of Philosophy at the Saint-Petersburg State University and specializes in the nationalisms within Muslim societies. Lately, he has been taking part in various Russian and international human rights initiatives helping migrants and refugees. He is the founder of the dõst project dedicated to diversity policy in Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucausus.
Historian, editor, specialist in medieval European manuscript culture, and a Ph.D. candidate at Moscow State University.
Moscow-based artist, geographer, curator, and researcher. He took part in the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial (2019) and the 2nd Riga Biennial (2020); was a resident at Para Site (Hong Kong, 2019) and Villa Vassilieff (Paris, 2017–2018).
A Grammy-nominated producer who is committed to decolonizing image-making industries. Vik’s work in music and journalism centers around ensuring the West is not the sole interpreter of our world and uses his record label, Ostinato Records, to provide a soundtrack to the resistance.
Specialist in African studies. He studied the Amharic language at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies at Saint Petersburg State University and sociolinguistics at the Faculty of Anthropology at European University in Saint-Petersburg. He is interested in contemporary Ethiopian culture and is currently working on his thesis dedicated to labor migration in Ethiopia, as well as studying African collections at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera).
Russian art historian, specializing in the institutional history of contemporary art. He is currently living in London after receiving a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Zoé T. Vizcaíno
Visual artist with a background in psychology, working primarily with video installations and photography. Born in Mexico City, Zoé T. Vizcaíno is based in Madrid.
Artist, potter, cook, gardener, educator, program curator, project manager, and culinary ethnographer.
Putu Tangkas Adi Hiranmayena
Musician and ethnomusicologist currently located between Denver, Colorado and Bali. He is in the midst of research, composition, and production on baleganjur and heavy metal music through the lenses of performance, cosmology, and environmentalism.
Anthropologist and photographer. His major research interests include the anthropology of space and the Russian North. Based in Saint Petersburg.
Artist. Tamiko Thiel was awarded the 2018 Visionary Pioneer Award by the Society for Art and Technology Montreal for her (now over 35) years of media artworks exploring the interplay of place, space, the body, and cultural identity. She was the lead product designer on the Connection Machine CM1/CM2 AI supercomputer, in 1989 the fastest computer on earth, which is now in the collection of MoMA NY. Tamiko began working with virtual reality in 1994 as a producer and creative director of Starbright World (1994–97), in collaboration with Steven Spielberg. Her first VR art installation Beyond Manzanar (2000) is in the collection of the San Jose Museum of Art, and her AR commissions include Unexpected Growth for the Whitney Museum, now in the permanent collection.
A transdiasporic (Circassian-Uzbek) feminist thinker and fiction writer and a professor of postcolonial feminisms at the Department of Thematic Studies (Gender studies) at Linköping University (Sweden). Her most recent books are Postcolonialism and Postsocialism in Fiction and Art: Resistance and Re-existence (2017), What Does it Mean to be Post-Soviet? Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire (2018), and the forthcoming A new Political Imagination. Making the Case, co-authored with Tony Fry (2020)
Art critic, curator of the Cultural Creative Agency. She worked as a curator of the START project at WINZAVOD. The exhibitions she produced include Phantom memory of a beautiful era, MUZEON, 2014; Sculptures that we do not see, Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh,” 2015; Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. Personal File, IEC Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, 2015 (co-curator); Faith in a Deep Crisis, Victoria Gallery, Samara, 2019. Vera Trakhtenberg is also a lecturer at the School of Design, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
Creative director and buyer of IERI Store, co-founder of INDEXflat. Anka acts as a fashion advisor for brands and fashion businesses, launches show-rooms in Moscow and Paris, curates exhibitions of contemporary artists. She studied and established her career in Moscow, but now she is based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Anka has a son Ilia and raises him together with her boyfriend, a famous contemporary artist Alexey Dubinsky.
Born and raised in Changchun, China, Wang Tuo currently lives and works in Beijing. He was an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum, New York from 2015 to 2017. He won the China Top Shorts Award and the Outstanding Art Exploration Award for Chinese Short Films in Beijing International Short Film Festival 2018. Wang Tuo is the winner of the Three Shadows Photography Award 2018 and the Youth Contemporary Art Wuzhen Award 2019. He was awarded a research residency at KADIST San Francisco 2020. In 2021, Wang Tuo will have his first institutional survey at UCCA Beijing. You may find more information about the works of Wang Tuo on his website.
Artist based in Istanbul. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University. The work of Asli Uludag explores the materiality and spatio-temporality of techno-scientiic, architectural, and legal structures that organize the relationship between existents. With her practice, she generates tools which make visible their politics and ecological implications.
Curator and film critic. Studied architecture and philosophy at the Far Eastern Federal University. Since 2019, he has been a curator at the V-A-C Foundation. Andrey Vasilenko curated several exhibitions, film programs and retrospectives, including Ten Theses on Architecture, Mind the Gap: Contemporary Video Art of Taiwan, Wang Bing: The Helpless Age, Discovery, Discovery and other projects.
Works with Russian, American, and Polish poetry and translations. She studied literature at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University and holds an MA from the University of Oregon. Born in Dimitrovgrad.
Research fellow and PhD candidate at the Institute for European Ethnology and the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In her PhD project, she investigates crowdwork in relation to different forms and practices of (im)mobility that shape this form of digital and home-based platform labour.
Music Features and News Editor at EastEast. Experimental musician, сomposer and musicologist, co-founder of Mountains of Tongues organization. He performs regularly at venues and festivals around the Caucasus and has contributed to the soundtrack and sound design for multiple independent films. He also organizes the annual Caucasus All Frequency Festival, and hosts and produces the podcast Caucasus All Frequency.
Dutch documentary photographer based in Amsterdam. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and travels a lot, working on personal and commercial projects.
Record collector, distributor, and DJ. He is the founder of Japan Blues and has a long running show on NTS radio by the same name.
Artist and writer, based in Berlin. Her work is concerned with how things and beings migrate across time (historical and contemporary) and space (borders and boundaries) with a particular interest in personal witness and testimony. Zhu Xiaowen has received the Civitella Ranieri Visual Arts Fellowship, TASML Artist Residency Award, Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus Fellowship, Jury Award of DOK Munich, among others. She is a guest lecturer at Heidelberg University and the Assistant Director of Times Art Center Berlin. Read more on the artist’s website.
Collector and designer who lives between Shanghai and the US. His interests include obscure 1970s disco as well as Chinese and Japanese art.
Independent curator and program director, co-founder of experimental music and performance series TKANI. He is currently based in Tbilisi.
Poet and record collector, living in Helsinki. He is one of the authors belonging to the renowned Ferghana school of poetry, whose poems have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Hamdam has been performing as a DJ and taking part in various events and festivals in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, and Israel since 2016. He records mixes that feature Soviet grooves and hosts a podcast dedicated to popular Uzbek music.
Broadcaster, DJ and selector Pavel Amirov, who’s focused on local music scenes frp, different parts of the world and varied periods of its history. Based in Moscow.
Artist working with sculpture, video, and text, based in Los Angeles and Belarus.
Journalist and Senior Editor at Strelka Mag, the online magazine of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.
Artist living and working in Canada and France. She makes work about doing nothing, anticipation, boredom, and repetition.
Historian, winner of the Enlightener Prize for his book The Suffering Middle Ages. Paradoxes of Christian Iconography, PhD student at the University of Warwick (UK) and Associate Research Fellow at the Duke Augustus Library (Germany).