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Moscow: the African Renaissance

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Photo by Natalia Maiboroda

It is not easy to enter this mansion, located in the center of Moscow. Because this place is owned by Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Which means that without a permission you are not welcome. But I did all the bureaucratic work for you. So now you can make a virtual excursion inside one of the coolest houses in Moscow.     Continue reading

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Baku: brand signature

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Heydar Aliyev Cente in Baku, made by Zaha Hadid. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

I never wanted to go to Baku, until Zaha Hadid created her statement building in Azerbaijan’s capital. The futuristic construction situated not in the very center. But it makes people travel out of the historical part, also beyond Soviet way of thinking.  Continue reading

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Beijing: future is today

Photo by Natalia Maiboroda

Galaxy Soho, Beijing. Photo by Natalia Maiboroda.

You don’t need a space machine to travel in time. Take Beijing metro (Line 2 or Line 6) and head to Chaoyangmen station. Just at the exit you will face the future.

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Ireland: happy FitzPatrick’s Day

 

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Jim FitzPatrick and Natalia Maiboroda

Today, when Irish people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I would like to write about Patrick. But not the one you might think of. About Jim FitzPatrick – famous Irish artist. You definitely know one of his works – the legendary poster of Che Guevara – the black and white image on the red background. Jim was the one who reproduced the picture of Cuban photographer Alberto Korda on paper. You know the rest – this particular image became a symbol of world revolution. Continue reading

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Moscow: into the wild emotions

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South Sandwich Islands. Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) on an iceberg located between Zavodovski and Visokoi islands. South Sandwich Islands. 2009. Photograph by Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images

The word “genesis” means origin. In the first book of the biblical scriptures called “The book of Genesis”, this term refer to creation of the Earth. Legendary Magnum photographer Sebastiao Salgado called his exhibition “Genesis” to show us Earth like it used to be in old times. With his work he makes us back to the roots. But isolated places on Salgado’s photographs do not scare with its wildness. For me they rather reflect the background of Brazilian-born photographer – pure and emotional.

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Fringe birthday!

I can’t believe that my blog just turned 2 years! Let’s celebrate it fringe way!

Fringe Festival. Photo by MaiborodaWhen someone acts crazy on the street, you call him at least a strange person. When everybody act crazy on the street, you are a strange person here. You can’t be normal in August in Edinburgh, because it is time for Fringe Festival (www.edfringe.com)! Continue reading

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Berlin’s well.

”Sorry, Paris. We love Berlin!” This funny slogan is written on the poster. A lot of my friends agree with it, cos Berlin is less posh, more weird and free in a way of creativity. When I was there 7 years ago (it was 5-hour-stop on a way from Groningen to Kiev) I found it as a city without a soul. Strict architecture, visiable traces of WW2 together with winter cold gave me impression of unfriendly place. The goal of my weekend trip to Berlin was to change my negative impression. Trully saying, this was my hardest post so far. I spent a week on writing, making stops on controversial thoughts. I still have some doubts, but I am 100 % sure, that you will never find a city more historically concentrated, than Berlin. Continue reading

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