[Originally posted on September 2008]
Maria is a Russian girl who is based in Geneva since 1991. She is both editor consultant and photographer for Sang Bleu, a tattoo oriented magazine that also deals with art, style, fashion in a different way. The new issue will be double and comes with contributes from more than 100 artists from all over the world.
Could you please explain your work in few lines?
I am a photographer and more widely interested in many aspects of the production, editing and analysis of images.
How did you get involve with Sang Bleu magazine?
It happened quite naturally, since Maxime Buechi is a friend of mine, and I really loved the first issue of SB when I saw it.
Where have you studied? Please let us know more about your past
University of Arts in Lausanne (écal), bachelor degree in visual communication / photography. But i’m planning to continue studies, probably more theoretical/ related to curatorial practice.
What are your favourite fanzines and/or magazines except from Sang Bleu?
I really like publishing houses like Nieves or Cederteg Publishing, whose tastes you can trust. Magazines: 032c, Kasino A4, foam, Capricious, A Magazine, Uovo, Purple Fashion, The Purple Journal, and Daddy Magazine – even if it’s not strictly a magazine – but I think that these intersections between editorial and curatorial fields are very interesting, the publications that I find the most interesting are usually difficult to define or categorize, because of their experimental aspects, both formal and conceptual.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I think it’s hard to identify where inspiration comes from, sometimes a really insignificant detail grows silently for years in the mind and all of a sudden becomes an evidence. I guess from my experiences, people I meet, situations, sounds, visions… everyday life, thrilling as it sometimes could be.
What is your relationship with tattoos?
I’m interested in people and the unapparent stories they have, tattoos are clues for some of these stories.
What is the nicest place you ever visited/traveled to? Why?
Oh – many! Scandinavia, north of Russia, for this particular, pale and golden light. Also Berlin. south of France. Italy, seaside… And travel by train, it’s my favorite way, I love trains!
Most important woman of all times?
Of all time? Hard to tell because unfortunately, we’ve really heard about women in history only since the 20th century… “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” (Virginia Woolf).
What are you personal interests and hobbies?
Looking to a lot of art, in museums, shows, and scrolling for hours on the internet (http://voixoff.tumblr.com – my visual bookmarks in case someone’s interested). Reading magazines and books, going for walks, spending time with friends and family.
Who is the woman you’d like to see featured/interviewed here?
Florence Tétier, with who I work sometimes for Sang Bleu, a good friend and a very talented lady! Check www.florencejohann.com