South East Wales

Cardiff Contemporary: Russian artist 'becomes Welsh'

Artist Jana Romanova in Cardiff Image copyright Jana Romanova
Image caption Russian artist Jana Romanova in Cardiff

A Russian artist has documented her attempts to become "adopted Welsh" as part of an arts festival.

Jana Romanova, a photographer and artist based in St Petersburg, crowdsourced ideas asking: "If I was to become Welsh, what would my future here look like?"

The responses led to her singing in a choir, playing rugby and becoming a local schoolteacher.

Her photographs are being exhibited as part of Cardiff Contemporary.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales' Good Morning Wales programme, she said: "I decided to come and ask people, can I become Welsh?"

"To my surprise, most people said yes, and then started to give me instructions on how to do that."

She added: "Everyone, absolutely everyone, told me about being a rugby fan."

The exhibition is currently on display at 11 High Street in the city centre.

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