Awards

 

2016
Forbes 30 Under 30 – Arts Category, Europe.

2015
Gabriele Basilico International Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography
Biennial Award – Winner.

The Graduate Photographers Award – Nominated,
Magnum Photos & Photo London.

30 Under 30 – Shortlisted,
The Photography Show & Magnum Photos.

2014
LensCulture Exposure Award – Finalist.

30 Under 30 | Women Photographers – Photo Boite. 

2013 
Kontinent Awards
Documentary Projects Category Official Selection

2012
Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer 2012
Selected Winner. 

Fresh Faced Wild Eyed competition and exhibition,
The Photographer’s gallery, London, UK. 

2011 
Ideas Tap and Magnum Photos Photographic Award.

PDNedu Student Photography contest
Documentary/Photojournalism Category – Finalist. 

2010  
Joss Turley Award
Recipient of the annual Joss Turley Award, UK.

2009   
D&AD competition, Photography category, InBook status. 


Exhibitions
& Fairs

 

Current:
The Song of Tkvarcheli at Fondazione dell’Ordine degli Architetti P.P.C. della Provincia di Milano, 22 May - 6 June, Milan, Italy.

2017
The Song of Tkvarcheli, Fondazione Riccardo Catella, Milan, Italy.

2016
The Universe and Art exhibition, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

The Borders of Russia, Festival of Political Photography: Homeland,
Carte Blanche Finnish Museum of Photography, projection at Night of the Year,
Les Recontres d'Arles, France.

The Borders of Russia, Festival of Political Photography: Homeland,
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland.

2015
Borderlines exhibition, Athens Photo Festival: Reframe Memory, Athens, Greece. 

2014
LensCulture Exposure Award, LCC, London UK.

IC - Visual Lab & Some Cities: In Common, Photographic screening, MAC Birmingham, UK. 

2013
Photographic screening and publication by Self Publish, Be Happy; Serpentine Galleries and 89plus Marathon, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK. 

IC - Visual Lab: In Common, Photographic screening, Bristol, UK. 

Night Contact: multimedia and photography festival,
Photographic screening, London, UK. 

The Story of the Creative, Photographic screening and exhibition,
July 25th – September 10th, See|Exhibition Space, New York, USA. 

Portfolio Russie, Photographic screening,
Russian issue, Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium. 

2012
Fresh Faced Wild Eyed 2012, Competition and exhibition,
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK. 

Ideas Tap + Magnum Photos Photographic Award 2011,
Exhibition and screening, Magnum Print Room, London, UK. 

Joyful Archipelago group show,
Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects, London, UK. 

Transience group exhibition, Alliance Francaise, Malaysia.    

2011   
Foto8 Summershow, Host gallery, London, UK.    

Direction–Space! book featured in the Book Award 2011 exhibition,
Les Rencontres d’Arles, France. 

Transience group exhibition,
Galerie Huit Open Salon: Photography competition – Finalist, Arles, France. 

Photography screening, Instant-coffees Photography-Projections 4,
Bristol Photo Forum, Bristol, UK. 

Photographic screening, Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia.

2010    
VOLTA6 Basel, Switzerland.     

Direction—Space! solo exhibition at Pobeda gallery, Moscow, Russia.  

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design,
BA Graphic Design Degree Show, Group exhibition, London, UK. 

2009   
Free Range, Two Thirds exhibition Group exhibition, London, UK.    


Lectures, Conferences
& Workshops  

 

2016
Direction-Space! Artist talk, Invited Speaker,
The Eye International Photography Festival,
Aberystwyth, 30 September - 2 October 2016.

The Universe and Art, Artist Talk, Invited Speaker,
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 30 July 2016.

Power Shots – Can Photography Make a Change?, Invited Speaker,
Festival of Political Photography, The Finnish Museum of Photography,
Helsinki, 20 February 2016.

2014
Ph Curates: On Russian Landscapes,
Panel discussion, led by Olga Smith, other speakers include Andreas Schönle and Paul Wombell; The Photographers' Gallery, London, 18 September 2014.

2013
Women in Focus, Invited Speaker,
Miniclick Photography Talks, Brighton, 2 March 2013.

2012
Promises: Crises and Socio-Cultural Change, Invited Speaker,
CRESC Annual Conference, Manchester University, 5-7 September 2012.

Depicting change: experiments in photography and social science, The Social Life of Methods Workshop, Invited Speaker, Centre for Research on Social-Cultural Change, The University of Manchester and Open University, 23-24 May 2012.


Publications

2017
La Canzone di Tkvarcheli; La Republicca, 13.04.17, Edizione Milano, p.18.

Cartoline da una città-fantasma; Corriera della Sera, 12.04.17, Edizione Milano, p.17.

The Song of Tkvarcheli / La Canzone di Tkvarcheli book published by Danilo Montanari Editore, ISBN: 978-8885449008.

Maria Gruzdeva: Identity Borders, Lamono #111 EMPTY, February/March 2017.

Man Versus Machine, How do we make technology work better for us?
Photos by Maria Gruzdeva, VICE, February 2017, Vol.15, No.1.

Border Land: Maria Gruzdeva's travels on the edge of Russia – in pictures; Maria Gruzdeva took photos spanning the 60,000km Russian border – from the military in Kaliningrad to wooden neighbourhoods in Arkhangelsk, The Guardian online, 26 Jan 2017.

2016
Langs de Grenzen, NRC newspaper, 23 December 2016.

The Photographer Searching for Belonging in Russia's Most Isolated Areas, Sleek Magazine.

Revolution; Maria Gruzdeva, Katalog 27.2, Journal of Photography & Video.

BORDER: A journey along the edges of Russia, Ydoc foundation.

Border, Russian Life magazine, November/December 2016.

A photographic journey along Russia's 60,000km border; Border: a photographic travelogue by Maria Gruzdeva documents the rare and often undiscovered frontiers of Russia, Creative Review.

Borderland: the edge of Russia, Photographer Maria Gruzdeva recounts her journey along Russia’s 60,000 km border – the longest national border in the world, Port Magazine.

Exploring 60,000km of Russian border territory, Maria Gruzdeva tells a story of a complicated nation..., We Heart.

Maria Gruzdeva, Border: A journey along the edges of Russia, L'Oeil de la Photographie.

BORDER: A journey along the edges of Russia book published by Schilt Publishing,
ISBN: 978-9053308783.

Stars as Illusion: from the USSR space industry to private satellites,
Roshia NOW, Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, 31 March 2016.

A view on the edges: The Borders by Maria Gruzdeva, Esquire Russia, February.

A photographer investigates life along Russia's vast borders, Atlas Obscura: guide to the world's wondrous and curious places.

Soviet Space Dreams, Inner Space: at home with the cosmonauts of Star City,
The Calvert Journal: a guide to creative Russia.

Maria Gruzdeva explores the cosmonaut training facilities of Russia, Its Nice That.

2015
Star City aging gracefully: Maria Gruzdeva captures the aesthetics of the secretive Russian space facilities, SME Newspaper weekend supplement,  31 October 2015.

Inside Star City: Russia's retro cosmonaut training facility – in pictures, Documenting the country's space centres, photographer Maria Gruzdeva offers a rare look inside the secretive facilities, still in use today, The Guardian online, 21 Oct 2015.

Shooting the Edges: a photographic survey of Russia's borders by Maria Gruzdeva,
VICE, March 2015, Vol.13, No.2.

The Borders of Russia: a survey, FK magazine.

2014
L'extrême Europe, text by Michael Foucher, photos by Maria Gruzdeva;
The Eyes, le magazine, Europe & Photography, issue #3, Fall-Winter 2014.

Shooting History – photographer Maria Gruzdeva's 70,000km journey along the post-Soviet borderlands, The Calvert Journal: a guide to creative Russia.

Direction – Space! by Maria Gruzdeva,
GUP – Guide to Unique Photography #41: Professions issue.

New wave: 24 photographers changing the way we see Russia,
The Calvert Journal: a guide to creative Russia.

2013
February Feature – Maria Gruzdeva,
Firecracker: supporting european women photographers.

2012
Masking the Problem, The Borders of Russia by Maria Gruzdeva,
The Sunday Telegraph Seven Magazine, 13.05.2012.

Maria Gruzdeva wins the Ideastap Photographic Award, BJP Online.

Russian Females in the Frame by Ben Luke, exhibition review, 
Evening Standard, 13.04.2012.

2011

Direction–Space! by Maria Gruzdeva, Story of the Week, Foto 8.

Star City Exposed: Photographer Maria Gruzdeva’s Direction-Space! delves into Russia’s cosmonaut training center, NOWNESS.

Behind the scenes of cosmonaut history by Kat Austen.
Culture lab, New Scientist online.

Direction–Space! by Maria Gruzdeva,
Independent on Sunday, book review, 27.03.2011, pp.66-67

Direction–Space! Inside Russia’s space facilities by Piers Bizony.
Telegraph magazine, 26.03.2011, pp.42-49

Direction–Space! book published by Dewi Lewis Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-907893-05-6

Cosmonaut ghost town: a photo essay Maria Gruzdeva May – June issue, Design Bureau Magazine, pp.6, 94-103.

‘El cosmos a ras de suelo: Con su cámara de fotos como único telescopio, María Gruzdeva explora las interioridades el espacio exterior’, El Mundo, Spain, 12.04.2010.