Liza Premiyak

Liza Premiyak

Editor and Writer — Photography, Music, Places, DesignLondon, United Kingdom
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Liza Premiyak

Liza Premiyak

Editor and Writer — Photography, Music, Places, DesignLondon, United Kingdom
Projects
  • Series — Photo of the Week
    Series — Photo of the WeekEach week, I select a photo from the depths of Instagram to further The Calvert Journal's coverage of Eastern Europe and Central Asia and ask questions about how photography changes our perceptions of this territory.
  • Article — To combat Poland’s culture of shame, one designer is creating educational sex toys
    Article — To combat Poland’s culture of shame, one designer is creating educational sex toysWithout compulsory sex education, Poland’s schools are failing today’s youth. I interviewed Domka Spytek who designs intriguing, colourful, and interactive games for people of all ages to learn about their bodies.
  • Article — Enter the fearless world of Nina Kraviz, the Siberian DJ who swept the world
    Article — Enter the fearless world of Nina Kraviz, the Siberian DJ who swept the worldWith talk of a long-awaited second album in the works and ahead of a full summer line-up, I talked to Kraviz about Russia in the 2000s, #MeToo, and her drive to keep going
  • Article — Does Romain Mader’s satire on sex tourism in Ukraine do more harm than good?
    Article — Does Romain Mader’s satire on sex tourism in Ukraine do more harm than good?In 2017, the €20,000 Foam Paul Huf photographic prize went to a fictional project by Swiss photographer Romain Mader about a man who goes looking for a bride in eastern Europe. I wrote about why Mader's attempt at cheap humour did not deserve the victory.
  • Digital Project — New East 100
    Digital Project — New East 100Curated, edited, and contributed writing to The Calvert Journal's definitive list of trailblazers, must-visit places, and exceptional projects shaping contemporary Eastern European culture.
  • Article — A Vacation in a Non-Existent Country
    Article — A Vacation in a Non-Existent CountryAn interview with Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen on his 2005 series on Abkhazia.
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Projects credited in
  • The Calvert Journal – Being LGBTQ series
    The Calvert Journal – Being LGBTQ seriesA major new series exploring and celebrating LGBTQ life in culture, politics and beyond #BeingLGBTQ A trend towards conservatism and the heralding of so-called “traditional values” across the New East has undoubtedly had a punishing effect on the LGBTQ community. In recent years, a number of anti-LGBTQ repressions — from Russia’s infamous “gay propaganda” law to the return of far-right politics in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic — have contributed towards an image of eastern Europe, the C
  • New East Photo Prize 2018 – OPEN for entries. Deadline: 15 June 2018
    New East Photo Prize 2018 – OPEN for entries. Deadline: 15 June 2018Find out more and submit your project here. The New East Photo Prize celebrates contemporary photography from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia. The New East Photo Prize champions artistic excellence in photography. The prize recognises practitioners offering representations of the social, cultural and physical landscape of the New East and other perspectives on that region. Although hugely diverse, the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are often represented in an outdated manner which negates the rich culture and variety of creative output from these nations. The prize seeks to broaden perceptions of the New East through the medium of photography. Its inaugural edition in 2016 received a total of 1,030 entries from 25 New East countries. You can find out more here. The New East Photo Prize is a project of Calvert 22 Foundation, supported by its online award-winning magazine, The Calvert Journal.
Work history
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    Managing EditorThe Calvert Journal
    Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UKFull Time
    I am the editor responsible for our Photography, Fashion, and Design sections, as well as managing the content calendar to ensure the site is updated daily. My aim to draw attention to the contemporary culture of Eastern Europe by commissioning, editing, writing, and uploading daily features, large-scale digital projects, and though-provoking opinion pieces. In my time at TCJ, I have strengthened our coverage of photography by commissioning regular photo stories, interviewing prominent and emerging photographers, and writing a Photo of the Week series. I have also contributed to the launch and development of the New East Photo Prize, the events programme of the New East Photo Prize Weekend, and produced digital projects to accompany the final exhibition.
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    Publications EditorChamber NYC
     - 20 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USAFreelance
    Produced the print and digital catalogues for the inaugural design exhibition curated by Dutch design duo, Studio Job. This included writing and editing all copy and co-ordinating visuals.
Skills
  • Cultural Journalism
  • Editorial Commissioning
  • Digital Journalism
  • Commissioning Photographers
  • Project Management
  • Critical Writing
  • Artist Interviews