Pro Bodyboarder Joana Schenker portrait at the beach  for the cafe interview

Don't be afraid to be fragile, sensitive, vulnerable.


NINA KOLTCHITSKAIA

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ARTIST, PARIS


Nina is a multi-facetted artist: a videographer, painter, photographer, poet, whose work has been commissioned by brands like Chanel and Miu Miu. Born in Moscow, Russia, she spent her childhood between Laos and Italy. Today she lives in Paris which she loves for its "poetry and surprising beauty". 

A guest at the Café, Nina explains why art and creativity are her life's driving forces and why being vulnerable is a key to unleash your creative flow. 
Pro bodyboarder Joana Schenker from Portugal surfing a tube wave

A composition by Nina. 

WHAT LEAD YOU TO EMBRACE THIS PATH? 


NINA: My grand-father used to travel a lot and had an old Nikkorma that he always carried with him in his adventures. As a child, it fascinated me. It meant freedom. My parents also always encouraged me to draw, write, and to listen to my imagination. They showed me how important it is not to be afraid to dream, to try different things, and do what I love. I could hardly choose a precise moment on when it clicked. It feels more like it always had to be that way : creating things, trying to transform what I feel and what I see into objects, words or images was always a part of me, it just evolved, changed and grew up through time.

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN DRIVE BEHIND HAVING CHOSEN THIS PATH?


NINA: To stay free, alive and to love. My career path as an artist is intertwined with my personal life. My creativity is fed by abandoning myself to the sincerity that I am given by the people I observe, the sounds I hear, or the colors I see.  It’s very important not to be afraid to be fragile, to be sensitive, vulnerable.Being vulnerable is the most honest way to create, the most heroic way to live one's life too.




WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WILLING TO TAKE AN ARTISTIC ROAD?


NINA: Let go. Trust yourself. Trust your strengths and your weaknesses. They are both equally important. 

Pro bodyboarder Joana Schenker from Portugal surfing a tube wave

A composition by Nina, featuring the Pouch



The Quick Round

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WHAT DO YOU TO RELAX WHEN YOU FEEL PRESSURED? 


NINA: I plant flowers on my balcony!



WHAT'S THE FAVORITE PIECE IN YOUR CLOSET?


NINA: A little red summer dress, light and simple, to wear barefoot on the beach. 



A FAVORITE CRAVING?


NINA: Coffee!! And oranges.



WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR TEN YEAR OLD SELF?


Stay a kid forever, and also never forget to seek for beauty. It’s everywhere. Trust yourself and trust your way to look at things. Trust your sensitivity, and never be afraid of being fragile

Nina's Inspirations 

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1. A book: Capitale de la douleur by Paul Eluard;First love by Ivan Turgenev;Paysages an essai by Rainer Maria Rilke and It chooses you by Miranda July.


Find Nina's work here www.ninakolt.com and on instagram @ninakoltchitskaia


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