Being aware of the great amount of photographic talent and tradition as present in the countries of Eastern Europe today, the wish to create a platform dedicated to Eastern European photography in Berlin felt both obvious and urgent.
We strive for an increased visibility of contemporary visual artists from Eastern Europe, because we believe that high quality representation leads to better opportunities for emerging photographers, more interest from galleries and collectors, and eventually, higher monetary value for the artist's work.
While the image of the West is all-present in the imagination of the East, the idea about the East as it was fabricated during the Cold War has remained strikingly unchanged in the eyes of the West. Berlin has a long shared history with the East and in times of intense cultural exchange we perceive a platform rooted in the photographic medium as a vehicle for inclusion and cultural dialogue.
Simply, our focus lies in exhibiting the works of contemporary Eastern European artists, emerging and established, and presenting their work to international audiences.
WHAT WE DO
EEP Berlin is an online resource for artists and professionals that presents artist portfolios and interviews focusing on uncovering the original context of their work as well as new developments in the field of contemporary Eastern European photography.
The eep Magazine is the first photography journal dedicated solely to the little known art and photography scenes of Eastern Europe. It is an annual publication distributed internationally, the first issue of which came out in November of 2019. Its focus lies in uncovering the hidden nuances, dialogues and contrasts in the works of emerging and established Eastern European visual artists and photographers.
We do research and curate photography exhibitions. Starting in 2018, we have already organized more than a dozen solo and group exhibitions focusing on topics of migration, identity and experimentation within the photographic medium. Since then, we have managed to bring more than 20 Eastern European artists to Berlin and present their projects to audiences here as part of events such as Berlin Gallery Weekend, Month of Photography, Berlin Photo Week and our own gallery shows.
In our online shop we provide a platform for the discovery and acquisition of collectible artworks and photobooks. All prints are limited edition and printed on museum quality fine art papers. Through purchasing any of the artworks in our online shop or otherwise exhibited, you support the photographer directly with 51% of each purchase going directly to the artist.
EEP Berlin is completely self-financed. If you wish to support us in our mission you can make a direct donation through our paypal. Any amount, however small, will be highly appreciated and will be invested in our exhibitions and the eep Magazine. Thank you!
Maya Hristova is the founder and curator of EEP and Editor-In-Chief of the eep Magazine. She has finished her studies in Photography at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin with Prof. Ute Mahler in 2014 and has since then worked as an independent curator and photographer.
Krasimira Butseva is the co-editor of the eep Magazine. She is also a visual artist, writer and visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts London. She investigates Eastern European trauma, history and memory, with the use of field and archival research, oral history and auto-ethnographic research.
Ekaterina Shuvchinskaia is our art director. She is a Berlin-based designer with an academic background in Fine Arts and Visual Communication with degrees from Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication.
Misha Bours is our art producer. He is a Dutch-born established filmmaker who has supported EEP since its inception. He has assisted in the production of exhibitions, artist talks, panel discussions, workshops and the eep Magazine.