This incredible woman will be leading Zazi Vintage from New York starting this september.
Muse of Chapter one, Yogini, Activist and documentary maker, Zazi is incredibly blessed with joy that Nina will officially be joining the Zazi team.
Here is her story...
My name is Nina, born and raised in Munich but at home in all different corners of this world. Traveling extensively from early on has greatly expanded my horizon and radically altered my worldview. The exchange of knowledge and the exploration of cultural diversity, personal destinies and different ways of living are an ongoing source of inspiration and enrichment in my life. Having witnessed the sheer beauty as well as massive injustice, poverty and violence, these journeys have fundamentally challenged my perspective on nationality, identity and belonging.
As a former student of politics and and a yogini for many years I have not only developed a great sense for justice and humanist values but also became aware of the inflexible categories, in which we are taught to look at this world as well as all the concepts and ideas we take for granted, not questioning what is being considered ‘normal’ and not.
We are raised to believe that the freedom of consuming everything at any time is the only and absolute freedom we have. But it’s not. For me freedom goes hand in hand with taking responsibility – the responsibility to not only care about myself but also about my fellow humans and animals as well as this earth. Especially when it comes to our consumption patterns we massively lack awareness of the consequences our daily and inconsiderately made decisions have on people, especially women, in other parts of the world.
Working on different refugee projects and other NGOs I realized one thing: what we really need in our global society is true solidarity, understanding and empathy. This we don’t achieve by building more and more walls and borders but by creating proximity between all earthlings. Because once we get to know each other better, looking into each other’s eyes and building communities, we realize that we are all not that different and can learn so much from each other.
That’s why Zazi is such a great platform – it fights against the infinite, thoughtless and exploitative way of production and consumption and at the same time builds a connection between humans worldwide, who are far apart geographically, but yet all in the same boat.
As a documentary filmmaker and activist, I would love to use the medium of film as a tool to connect, exchange and interact with each other. I believe that once we visualize and understand how everything is interrelated, we think twice about how to lead our lives. And realize how beautiful and inspiring human interaction can be.