Maria Gruzdeva (b.1989) is a Russian-born photographer, who mainly works on long-term documentary projects, underpinned by extensive research. In her work she explores such issues as collective memory, sense of place and belonging, the relationship between landscape and identity.
Her work has been exhibited internationally with group and solo shows in Russia, UK, France, Greece, Finland, Japan, Italy and featured in a number of photographic festivals, including Les Rencontres d'Arles and the Festival of Political Photography in Helsinki.
She is the winner of the biennial Gabriele Basilico International Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography, Ideas Tap & Magnum Photos Photographic Award, Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer, Fresh Faced Wild Eyed and other competitions.
In 2016 Maria was named one of the 30 Under 30 by Forbes Magazine in the Arts Category.
Her work has been published into three monographs: Direction–Space! (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2011),
Border: A journey along the edges of Russia (Schilt Publishing, 2016) and The Song of Tkvarcheli (Danilo Montanari Editore, 2017). In 2017 it was also included in Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now written by Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton, published by Thames & Hudson.
Works from Direction-Space! and The Borders of Russia series are included in the permanent collection of National Museum Wales. Maria’s multimedia works from these series are also part of the i-mediatheque of Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum. Maria actively participates in talks and discussions around her area of research.