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 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, researcher and photographer.
Jewgeni Roppel is a photographer and the founder of the OSTLOOK Platform for contemporary photography from Eastern Europe (2014- 2020). Since 2020, he is part of EEP Berlin as a curator and editor. Jewgeni holds an M.A. in Photography and Media from the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld. Besides his curatorial work for EEP Berlin, he works as an editorial photographer for diverse magazines as well as on long-term projects in Eastern European countries.
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.
Elaine Tam is a London-based writer and independent curator with a master's degree in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths University. Her research interests include poetics, the untranslatable, and encounters with radical Otherness.
Linda Zhengová is a Czech photographers and writer currently based in the Netherlands. She has a background in International Studies and finished her BA at Leiden University in 2018. In 2019 she graduated with MA in Media Studies (specialization in Film and Photographic Studies) at Leiden University with distinction (cum laude). Recently, she graduated with a Photography BA at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In her writings, she delves into topics of gender, and trauma in order to discuss works of others and themes that interest her.
Olga Bubich is an author, artist, lecturer and curator from Belarus. At present her interests are related to visual literacy development in the sphere of analysis and design of photobooks which she regularly reviews and collects. Since 2000s I have been engaged in journalism. As a freelancer I have collaborated with a number of Belarussian, Russian and international media. Since 2014 - a member of "The Month of Photography in Minsk" festival. As a jury member and portfolio reviewer she has taken part in such events and festivals as the Fotobookmarket Awards (Russia), Fotoparade in Uglich (Russia), "The Month of Photography in Minsk" (Belarus).
Oğulcan Ekiz is a London-based visual artist and copyright law scholar from Turkey. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Queen Mary University of London, conducting empirical research on photography and copyright law in the UK, titled ‘The (Impossible) Journey of Photography: How Copyright Affects Meaning-Making in the Process of Circulation’ (working title). His work has previously been exhibited in Istanbul, Amsterdam, and London. His collages are currently represented by FAM Illustrations, an Istanbul-based illustration agency.
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.