Arts and culture magazine EastEast — better known on Instagram as @easteast.world — is a treasure trove for stories, rare archival pictures and art from the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Arabic-speaking world. Available in English, Russian, and soon to be published in Arabic, the magazine spotlights Islamic culture from across the region.
Exquisitely stylish, @easteast.world brings together artists, designers, scholars, and scientists who distil complex, underreported themes such as Muslim modernism, Islamic architecture, the occult in Ottoman Empire, or postcolonial museology, into insightful, nuanced articles.
On @easteast.world, in-depth ethnographic research is balanced with experimental collaborations between artists, photographers, and designers. They include specially-commissioned work from designer J Kim and Russian photographer Masha Demianova, who gave a new twist to Korean-Uzbek fashion. Elsewhere, Russian artist Olga Shurygina worked with Uzbek women to create a collection of plates that could “refill” the dried-out Aral Sea, destroyed by disastrous Soviet irrigation policies.