New East Digital Archive

Landscape & memory

The landscapes of the new east are not just a physical terrain; they are the keepers of complex history. History speaks through mountains and rivers. Nature is the key to collective memory. What do you find when you listen to the land?

Footsteps of history: I walked 2200km to retrace my grandfather’s WWII escape from a Russian gulag

What lies beneath: A quest to uncover the strange, dark history of uranium mining in Soviet-era Poland

After the fall: An Armenian town's long road to recovery from a devastating earthquake

Unsettled ground: Revisiting the lost sites of the Yugoslav wars

The elusive beauty of the slagheap: Searching for the sublime in a Russian mining town

Autonomous zone: Scenes from a separatist city in Ukraine