Vladimir Paperny received his MA in design from the Stroganov Art Academy in Moscow, and his PhD in Cultural Studies from the Russian State University for the Humanities. His PhD thesis Architecture in the age of Stalin. Culture Two was published in Russian (NLO), in English (Cambridge) and in Czech (Arbor Vitae). Since moving to the US in 1981, Dr. Paperny was visiting professor at USC, UCLA, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Bristol University, UK. He continues working in his design studio in Los Angeles. Recently, he was a co-editor of Architecture of Great Expositions 1937-1958: Messages of Peace and Images of War (Ashgate, 2015). His articles, essays and columns (in both English and Russian) appear in such publications as Architectural Digest, Project Russia, Speech, Vogue, SNOB and many others. His collections of essays (in Russian) include Mos Angleles, Mos Angeles-2 (NLO) and Fuck Context? (TATLIN). (Image: Gleb Leonov)
Garrett Pappas is a Moscow-based photographer and legal consultant at a top international firm. He has been living in Russia and the CIS on and off since 2006. His debut exhibition Longue Vue Moscow was shown at a gallery in the Russian capital in October 2012 and received critical acclaim.
I was born and raised in a sunny seaside town in Tuscany. After eternal years gone by in the sweet languor of seemingly endless summers I moved north to study Slavic Languages in Berlin and Photojournalism in London. I spent the best time of my university years travelling and photographing around four continents and more than seventy countries. During my journeys I fell hopelessly in love with the complex geopolitical and cultural heritage of a vanished land that used to be called Soviet Union. After many a trip to almost every corner of the former USSR, I eventually settled down in the Caucasus, where I divide my time between photography, linguistics and cheesy pies.
Richard Pare was born in England in 1948. In his early years he was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. Later he studied photography and graphic design in Winchester and at Ravensbourne College of Art before moving to the United States in 1971. In 1973 he graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and since then he has been working as a photographer with a particular affinity for architecture. His most recent project is an ongoing study of the architecture of the Russian avant-garde. In 1996 he published Tadao Ando: the Colours of Light which received the AIA monograph award. He was curator of the Seagram photography collection from 1974 until 1985. He was the founding curator for the photography collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture from its inception in 1974 until he became a consultant to the collection in 1989, a role he continues to fulfill. His works have been exhibited widely and he is represented in many of the major public collections of photography. He continues to write and lecture on the history of photography. His numerous seminal exhibitions and publications include Court House: A Photographic Document (1978) Photography and Architecture: 1839-1939 (1982), and The Lost Vanguard, Architecture of the Russian Avantgarde 1922-1932. You can see more of his photography here.
Ed Park is a British photographer who lives with his Russian wife in London .After studying fine art, he turned to photography, taking pictures of landscapes, food and still-lifes, with his personal projects attracting commercial commissions. Recent publications include Tuscany and Sicily by Phaidon Press. He has travelled in southern Siberia, camping, photographing and fishing.
Latvian-born, Moscow-based photographer Alex Partola has had his work exhibited in numerous galleries from Artplay in Moscow to Studio 74 in London. In 2012, he published Ghost in the Machine, a photography book about Russian graffiti.
Maria Pasholok is a journalist and filmmaker based in London. She contributes regularly to Forbes and the Times Literary Supplement. She also teaches film history at the University of Oxford.
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 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.
Dan Peleschuk is a Kiev-based freelance journalist who reports on life and politics in eastern Europe. His work has appeared in Al Jazeera, The Economist, Foreign Policy and Public Radio International, among other outlets.
Sasha Pershakova is an editor and journalist covering fashion and culture. She contributes to a number of magazines, both print and online, and consults young fashion brands and startups. She is interested in the dynamics of print and digial media, social media and science.
Jonathan Brooks Platt is an assistant professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. His work includes studies of romantic poetry, Stalinist culture, and Russian contemporary art. In September 2014 he organised the conference "No Radical Art Actions Are Going to Help Here...: Political Violence and Militant Aesthetics After Socialism" as part of the Manifesta 10 Public Program in St Petersburg.
Kevin M. F. Platt is the author of books and articles about the intersections of Russian literature and history, most recently Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths. He also writes about and translates Russian poetry. He is currently writing a book about Russian culture in Latvia. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. You can see a full bio and list of his publications here.
St Petersburg-based photograoher Oleg Ponomarev, born 1988, studied photography at the St Petersburg Union of Journalists and then under Sergei Maximishin. He has taken part in several collective exhibitions, including the Russian Museum contemporary photography biennale and Russia's Festival of Young Photographers 2013/2014.
Anton Popov is an ethnographer and social researcher who was born in the Krasnodar region, southern Russia. Before moving to the UK where he did his PhD in 2001, Anton taught in several higher education institutes and vocational collages in Krasnodar, conducted ethnographic research among ethnic minorities and migrants in the Caucasus, collaborated with the human rights centre Memorial, and the Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology in Moscow. His research investigates cultural identity, social memory and national revival in post-socialist society and the UK.
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.
Andy Potts first visited Russia in 1990 on a school exchange, and after returning in 2005 to explore the TransMongolian railway he moved to Moscow the following year. Now he works as a freelance journalist, editor and hockey reporter.
Anna Pozniak is a Moscow-based journalist and researcher with an interest in urban sociology and the sociology of culture. She is originally from Belarus, where, around foour years ago, she co-founded an online magazine about local culture KY with a group of her friends. Now she continues to collaborate with Belarusian media and also works at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.
Liza Premiyak is Associate 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. Her freelance writing can be read here.
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.
Alisa Prudnikova is Commissioner and Director of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. She is Director of the Ural Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and a lecturer at the Department of Art History and Cultural Studies of the Ural Federal University. Prudnikova is an organiser and participant of over 30 inter-regional and international conferences.
Ioana Păun is a feminist director working and researching internationally, having graduated from Goldsmiths University London and UNATC Bucharest. Her work explores the ways humans behave in ferocious political, economic and medical circumstances. Păun’s performances have traveled to places like the Ashtar Theatre Palestine, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the Onassis Centre Athens, the National Musuem of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, the Schaubühne Theatre in Berlin, Theatre Royal in Stratford East and the Schauspielhaus Wien. Ioana generally collaborates with teams of investigative journalists, researchers and artists and constantly expands the artistic platforms of manifestation for those outside cultural agendas. Find her projects here.
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.