A Diverging Frontier: Russia and its Neighbors opens at the FineArt Gallery in Traismauer, Austria, on 6 April, with an evening reception starting at 19.00. The showcase of works by Justyna Mielnikiewicz comprises photographic documents from Russia, Ukraine and the Caucasus region, and will be on display at the Austrian gallery until 8 June 2018.
Justyna Mielnikiewicz is the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grant in Humanistic Photography of 2016. The grant is awarded annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project are in keeping with W. Eugene Smith’s profoundly empathetic style of visual storytelling. In her work, the Polish photographer places particular focus on current affairs in Eastern Europe, documenting the lives and hopes of those living in Russia and former parts of the Soviet Union, such as Ukraine and the Caucasus region.
25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, its former citizens navigate their lives amongst a multitude of historical, national, ethical and symbolic borders. Mielnikiewicz highlights how ordinary people’s lives are affected by these visible and metaphoric frontiers, and by the political developments within their countries.
Justyna Mielnikiewicz is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia. She frequently photographs for international magazines; her work has been featured in publications such as Monocle, Russian Reporter, National Geographic, Le Monde, and the German Yearbook of Reporters without Borders.
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