Yanina Shevchenko


The city of Novy Urengoy is situated in Western Siberia, 60 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. This region characterized by an acutely continental climate with harsh winters lasting up to nine months and temperatures reaching as low as -50 C. Novy Urengoy is often called the capital of Russian gas production.

The city was founded in 1975, when the drilling of the first well was completed. By May 30, 1978 one billion cubic meters of gas had been recovered. In 2013, total gas production had reached 6.5 trillion cubic meters of gas- this is the world record for the production of gas from one field. Novy Urengoy currently yields 74% of Russia's total natural gas production.

“Welcome to gas capital of Russia” observes small, commonplace everyday pleasures of the city. In spite of extremely harsh weather conditions, Novy Urengoy is a lively, dynamic and joyful place. In this economically difficult time for Russia, this is a city where people can still feel safe and secure and be confident about what the future will bring.


Yanina Shevchenko is a Russian-born photographer and curator based in Barcelona, Spain. She is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, and studied photography at Moscow Academy of Photography and the International Center of Photography, New York.

Since 2008 she has worked in New York, Moscow, Buenos Aires, London and Barcelona as a photographer, events producer and curator. Highlights include Third Affect, FOTO8, London, UK, the 1st Fuji lm ‘Visual Narratives’ symposium, Bogotá, Colombia and the City to Sea Project, New York, USA. The Velvet Cell published her photo project, ‘Crossing Over’ in 2012 and she won the 1st PhotoVoice photography awards in London, 2015.


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