Mielnikiewicz


B. 1973 Based in Tbilissi

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.

More

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.

Less

Selected works

Abkhazia, Syrians coming back home

Abkhazia, Syrians coming back home

Justyna Mielnikiewicz

The Russian conquest of Caucasus was completed by the second half of the 19th century. Local elites who converted to Islam were forced to flee across the sea to Ottoman Empire. Strong Russification policy replaced their memory. Later Soviet Union drew its own borders - covering up what was left from past arrangements even further.…

More
A Ukraine Runs Through It

A Ukraine Runs Through It

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…

More
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.…

More
Urban Single Parents

Urban Single Parents

Single parenthood is on the rise everywhere in the world, including the EU. Single parents now constitute about 19% of the households with children in the EU. Majority of those…

More
"KazaRusy", Russians in Kazakhstan

"KazaRusy", Russians in Kazakhstan

V. Putin his speech in Moscow announcing the annexation of Crimea in March 2014 told the audience «Millions of people went to bed in one country and awoke in different…

More