Milla Kazimir, real name Marila Tosi, was born and raised in Italy, and currently she lives in Tuscany, near Pisa. She has always been a creative girl since her childhood: she always loved to draw and write and cultivated these interests over time traveling abroad in order to see with her true eyes paintings, sculptures and monuments, studying art history and playing with brushes and inks, as well as photographic films. In 2008 she graduated with a Degree in Foreign Modern languages and History of Visual and Entertainment Arts at University of Pisa, then she had been working for 3 years in Opticians stores throughout Tuscany, and in 2011 she got a Master Degree in Specialist Translation. Currently she is working as freelance translator, and in 2010 she started again with photography, but this time using digital tools. In the next future she’d love to focus her time completely on art and photography, creating innovative, but also simple images, directed to the heart of people.
Photography as research and creation mean
Her approach to photography is firstly scientific and technical; only after having collected all necessary measurements, the aesthetical principles come into the scene, where she gives maximum importance to framing and composition. She spends much time reading both the visible and not visible elements of nature and human reality, and much time observing other people current photographs, including the masterpieces from past time (the 70s, for example), as well as searching for references to pieces of modern paintings, sculptures, cinema and video art.
She began taking photography as a serious way of doing art with digital tools, on 2010, although she had already taken a number of pictures through film cameras in the past. Photographing things and people is something therapeutic to Milla, it’s vital to avoid the solitude of her current main job, which is translation in her home office, and to feed her unlimited curiousness towards the nature, and the human being, with his life-styles, feelings and desires. More recently she began with street photography, which allows her to discover new social realities, in particular during this current economic crisis period. Simultaneously, she is focusing on beauty and fashion genres for her personal research on colors, lights and harmony of shapes, and she is always interested in collaborations with new stylists, make-up artists and models, both Italian and International, as well as in solo or collective exhibitions.
Publication on Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.
Two of her photographs were selected by photographer Oliviero Toscani for his project called “Fatto in Italia” (Made in Italy) about decay of Italian buildings and monuments (links: http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/fattoinitalia/#foto-milla-kazimir-marina-di-pisa-pi – http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/fattoinitalia/#foto-milla-kazimir-rosignano-solvay-li).
Why Milla Kazimir
The name “Milla Kazimir” is an alias I chose for some reasons. Milla was taken from the contraction of my real register name (which is Marila Tosi): I should thank one of my university classmates, Alì, a very smart and well-educated boy who came from Congo and couldn’t pronounce so well my real register name; and Kazimir was chosen by me from Kazimir Malevič (1878 Kiev – 1935 Saint Petersburg), one of the most important painter of Russian avant-garde, whose principles have inspired me while building my vision perspective.
Kazimir Malevič, Self-portrait, ca. 1909, Moscow Tret’jakov Gallery.
In my everyday life I am a writer, a photographer, a painter and a freelance translator (yes, I deeply like creative activities). I know English, German, French and Spanish very fluently and Italian is my mothertongue. Learning foreign languages can really help people to become open-minded. I am a very curious person, I love to try, to taste, to touch, to see, in one word: to experience…
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