Based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Jana Romanova
works with photography and video on topics of collective identity and hesitations that arise between a desire to keep our individuality and be accepted by society.
Photo by Jana Romanova
“Russia, Saint-Petersburg. Base of the Northwest Regional Search and Rescue Division of Russia. That’s Ekaterina Panikar, Russian rescuer, at the back of the rescue car. I had the privilege of working with Ekaterina for several years when I was a photographer at the Rescue Division.
I was inspired by the strength of her spirit in going beyond all prejudices and cliché about what women can or can't do. It is still very rare that women work as rescuers in Russia, and, for me, Ekaterina is a great example of women moving forward to equality in my country. Apart from her main job, Ekaterina has professional sports categories in figure skating, gymnastics, equestrianism and sky jumping, in which she also holds a world record.”