BORDER is more than merely a geographical expedition, but a comprehensive photographic study of Russia s most remote and often undiscovered areas. Exploring the connection between the disturbance of territorial boundaries and identities, Maria Gruzdeva finds elements representative of national identity and collective memory and asks questions about physical and emotional belonging. Landscapes and people portrayed and documented in Gruzdeva's photographs and travel diaries, become part of a unique archive, a combination of researcher's and a photographer s rigorous investigation. Maria Gruzdeva mostly works on long-term projects underpinned by extensive research.
BORDER is a project supported by IdeasTap & Magnum Photos Photographic Award. Gruzdeva is also the recipient and a winner of other competitions, including the Gabriele Basilico Biennial Award and was named as one of the 30 Under 30 in the Arts category Europe by Forbes in 2016.