Photographer, Dancer, and Poet.
Yana Binaev is a photographer, dancer, and poet. A lover of creativity, colors, and boldness. She expresses her passion through her work. Working in directing creative collaborations and bringing to life visual and written content through various projects.
Through her work, Yana aims to raise awareness towards diversity, race and gender equality. Yana creates documentary photography projects that tell unique stories. Yana organized and curated two exhibitions of her street portrait photography project named ‘My Eyes See Diversity’, followed by a project focusing on BAME women called ‘Women of Power’.
Yana focuses on portrait, event and BTS photography. She is passionate about Social Diversity and Equality Her ability to speak 6 languages helps to understand the world, different cultures, and mentalities, what she aims to use as a tool allowing her to reach out to more people globally.
What does diversity mean to you?
It means a world where no one judges what they don’t understand. It means no physical appearance is good or bad. We are made of the same, so we have to be treated the same.
Why do you care about diversity?
I care about people being aware and educated. Lack of diversity means lack of understanding and ignorance towards a wide variety of issues. I speak 6 languages, which means I can reach out to a lot of people, and since I was a child I was talking to my parents about Africa. It’s just there. I will use every skill that I was gifted with in this lifetime to do my best to raise awareness among as many as possible people.
How can we build more inclusive communities?
Education. Start from the schools and incliude a variety of subjects about different cultures and worlds. If people are being taught to hate, they can be taught to love.
What inspired you to start your current journey?
Just the genuine will to show how beautiful diversity is.
What is one thing you wish you knew five years ago?
That I am a creative person. I studied law in university. But I guess it does not matter. Things happen in the right timing.
What is your advice to a young person starting their career or entrepreneurial journey?
Focus, don’t compare yourself to no one, have a vision board, faith and follow your heart.
Which books changed your life?
- I have a Dream by Martin Luther King
- I am not your Negro – James Baldwin
- A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
- The Color of Water – James McBride
Where do you find your inspiration?
In the people and colors around me.