AZA NIZI MAZA is a creative space founded in 2012 by Nikolai Kolomiets (Kharkiv). AZA NIZI MAZA offered classes in painting, drawing, and sculpture for children and adults. A group of artists with Down syndrome also worked in the studio. There was a lecture hall where artists and art historians held lectures on art, and an exhibition hall (the studio organized more than 60 exhibitions at the best exhibition venues in Ukraine). On the first day of the war, the studio “AZA NIZI MAZA” moved to a bomb shelter and a transit point. The pictures you see here were made by AZA NIZI MAZA students, mostly children and teens, in the subway.
This collection of personal essays by a bi-national Russian/U.S. author offers glimpses into many things Soviet and post-Soviet: the sacred, the profane, the mundane, the little-discussed and the often-overlooked. What was a Soviet school dance like? Did communists go to church? Did communists listen to Donna Summer? If you want to find out, read on!
“Cold War Casual” is a collection of transcribed oral testimony and interviews translated from Russian into English and from English into Russian that delve into the effect of the events and the government propaganda of the Cold War era on regular citizens of countries on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Julia Wiener was born in the USSR a few years before the Second World War; her youth was spent during the “Thaw” period, and her maturity coincided with the years of “Soviet stagnation”, which, in her case, ended with her emigration to Israel in the early 1970s. Her wartime childhood, her Komsomol-student youth, her subsequent disillusionment, her meetings with well-known writers (Andrei Platonov, Victor Nekrasov, etc.) are described in a humorous style and colorful detail. Julia brings to life colorful characters – from her Moscow communal apartment neighbors to a hippie London lord, or an Arab family, headed by a devotee of classical Russian literature. No less diverse are the landscapes against which the events unfold: the steppes of Kazakhstan, the Garden of Gethsemane, New York, Amsterdam, London.