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          Collective East is an independent project promoting the work of artists and cultural practitioners from the Central and Eastern European region. Founded by artist Anya Kashina (b.1993, Yaroslavl, Russia) and independent curator & writer Borbala Komjathy (b.1993, Budapest, Hungary), C.E. was born out of a desire for more connection, collaboration and support between creatives of Central and Eastern European background based in the U.K.

       The United Kingdom is home to a large population of Eastern European residents, yet there are few outlets to support artists from our geographical region. Our aim is to provide a platform and facilitate dialogues between those artists and their peers and institutions, both in the U.K. and abroad. Post - Brexit, it is even more important to strengthen our already established relationships and networks, and to promote our communities.



As of early 2022 we are working closely with our new Associate Curator - Sonja Teszler (b. 1997, Budapest). Sonja is a writer and curator. As a writer, she has published exhibition reviews and essays digitally and in print with Flash Art, Arts of the Working Class, Something Curated, Calvert Journal, thisistomorrow and Floor magazine among others, as well as contributed texts to various exhibitions in the UK and internationally in both creative fictional and more conventional formats. She has worked with non-profit organisations such as Migrate Art, Kunstraum London, and Drawing Room. She focuses on championing artists from the Central-Eastern European diaspora throughout her practice.


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