Justyna Mielnikiewicz


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Based in Varsovia

Justyna is an award winning photographer from Poland, based in Georgia since 2003. Her works have been published in various international publications such as The New York Times, Monocle, Newsweek International, Marie Claire, GEO France, National Geographic, Le Monde, Stern, German Yearbook of Reporters without Borders - among others.

Began her career in 1999 in Poland, reporting for the daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza. Since 2001 works as a freelance documentary photographer. The most important part of her professional activities is devoted to personal, long term projects.

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In 2014 she published her first book Woman with a Monkey-Caucasus in Short Notes and Photographs. Currently finishing her long term project on Ukraine A Ukraine Runs Through it exploring modern Ukraine in turmoil with the Dnieper river as a metaphor of present split in the country. With 2016 grant she won from E. Smith Memorial Fund she continues her work, that explores the role of ethnicity in identity formation for Russians residing in former soviet states, 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Among other awards in her career are: The Aftermath Project Grant Winner, Canon Female Photojournalist Prize and World Press Photo. She teaches workshops and is available for lectures on the topic she specializes at: Former Soviet Union.

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Selected works

A ukraine runs through it

A ukraine runs through it

Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Project explores modern Ukraine in turmoil with the Dnieper river a metaphor of present split in the country. It documents how the mixed ethnic and historical legacies of Ukraine brought people to their present realities. Making Dnieper river a symbolic line of reference allows me to talk about most important issues in wider political, historical…

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Woman with a monkey - Caucasus in short notes and photographs

Woman with a monkey - Caucasus in short notes and photographs

This work ( which in 2014 was published as a book ) is my story of experiencing life in the Caucasus, by virtue of Georgia, where I live since 2002.…

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“Our Breasts Do Not Bite”- Femen protest group

“Our Breasts Do Not Bite”- Femen protest group

Profile of  FEMEN- feminist activists group from Ukraine, who gain the fame for their topless protests. Founded in Ukraine, the group is now based in Paris. Femen office in their…

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Caspian - uncharted waters

Caspian - uncharted waters

The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area, variously described as the world's largest lake or a sea. Over 130 rivers provide inflow to…

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Closed border between Armenia and Turkey.

Closed border between Armenia and Turkey.

Before Soviet Union fell apart in 1991 that border for about 70 years time that was tight sealed, an outpost of the Soviet Empire.  When in 1991 Armenia become Independent…

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