Justnya Mielnikiewicz, 2016 W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant Recipient

In “A Diverging Frontier”, Justnya looks at Russians living in the former soviet states, 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and the role ethnicity plays in the political development of these countries.

As she writes in her proposal: “My project explores borders as ever-changing spheres of influence that overlap physical borders marked on the map. It documents life on the frontier of Europe, and delves into the symbolic meanings and reconstructed historical narratives of these borderlands, which contribute to the formation of national identity and shaping the images of the neighboring countries.”