EastEast Paper is an art publication and artefact. Published in Russian, English, and Arabic, it orchestrates dialogue among a multitude of different “easts”—geographical, intellectual, historical, and socio-cultural—involving artists, curators, philosophers, and researchers.

The centerfold of each issue is taken up by “Majlis,” a section, featuring Arabic translations, that metaphorically unites different cultures and viewpoints like a round table. “East Mirrors East” is a conversation between former Qatari Ambassador to Russia Fahad Al-Attiyah and philosophers and people from the field of art: in our first issue, “On Water,” he spoke with Boris Groys; in our second issue, “Crossroads,” with Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky. The “Portraits” section features two poster-size artworks, continuing the tradition of making art accessible to everyone.

Translating iconic texts into Russian and English is one of the missions of EastEast Paper. So far, in Russian, we have published Egyptian architect Hassan Fathi’s programmatic guide to mudbrick architecture, the chapter “Moorish Ornament” from Owen Jones’s The Grammar of Ornament, and conversations with Ahmed Paul Keeler and Patti Smith. Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin’s Samarkandia (1923) was first published in English in EastEast Paper, along with Boris Groys’s “Virus as Cultural Ideal” (2020) and other texts.

EastEast Paper charts an alternate course through the present outside the fairway formed by the Orientalist approach, setting new coordinates for possible scenarios of future development. At the moment, we have published two issues, each in a circulation of ten thousand copies: “On Water” (ISBN 978-5-6045059-0-8) and “Crossroads” (ISBN 978-5-6045059-1-5).

EastEast Paper is distributed free of charge in art institutions, museums, galleries, bookstores, libraries, restaurants and hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The full list can be found here.

You can contact us at paper@easteast.world


Elena Yushina
Chief Editor

Andrey Shelyutto
Art Director

Irina Chekmareva
Design and layout

Arina Oblakova
Executive Secretary

Olga Ulyanova

Andrey Bauman, Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell
English translation

Olga Ulyanova
English–Russian translation

Alexandra Shirshova
Arabic–Russian and Russian–Arabic translation

Diana Valaeva
Distribution manager