Jana Romanova works with photography and video to accomplish both her personal projects and assignments around the world, at the moment she is based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She was born in 1984 in Russia, and got a degree in journalism from Saint-Petersburg State University and studied contemporary art at PRO ARTE foundation in a School for Young Artists, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Her personal projects are mainly focused on the topics of collective identity and hesitations that arise between a desire to keep your own individuality and be accepted by your community. She works with her subjects as collaborators, using different methods of participatory art, and challenges herself with mind experiments, where she tries to adopt various ideologies, questions her own identity and explores different roles photography plays in our society.
Her long-term projects were selected for a number of international exhibitions and festivals such as Format (Derby, UK), Chobi Mela (Dakha, Bangladesh), Cortona on the Move (Italy), Encontros da Imagem (Braga, Portugal), the Backlight Festival (Tampere, Finland), Encuentros Abietros Festival (Buenos Aires, Argentina) “Perchance to Dream” at Andrea Meislin Gallery (New York, USA), “New Saint-Petersburg” at Nieuw Dakota Gallery (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Moscow Photobiennale 2016 (Russia), Riga Photography Biennale (Latvia), The Month of Photography in Minsk (Belarus). She got several prizes and honorable mentions in photography all over the world.
In 2014 British Journal of Photography included her in the list of young promising photographers “Ones to Watch”, and in 2016 she was selected as a participant of Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo.
Jana Romanova is a co-founder of «Expert Photobook Review» project, a youtube channel that offers an alternative look on photobook reviews, inviting experts from various fields and industries, not related to photography, but connected with author’s ideas and intentions, to “read” the photobook and review it from their professional point of view.