The Heroine’s Journey of Narmina Mammadova

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

That it feeds my curiosity and teaches me something new every time. Each project feels like a new exciting adventure. (I am a social designer)

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

For me happiness means to really be alive, experience freedom and love, feel a wide range of emotions, being connected to myself and to belong.

What is my greatest fear?

To hold myself back because I am afraid and get stuck in that space of fear.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

My insecurity and indecisiveness at times.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Basically, everyone who has the guts to create for social change.

What is my greatest extravagance?

My playful spirit.

On what occasion would I lie?

It almost never happens, but if it does then either to help someone emotionally or to escape a confrontational moment.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I hate it and I love it at the same time: That so many of my projects depend on audience participation.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Whenever I have an AHÀ-moment. Just love those little enlightenments in the process.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Be more daring and self-confident.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Whenever my work touched somebody’s mind or heart.

Where would I most like to live?

Definitely some place warm, with green mountains on the one side and the beach on the other. Living a self-sustainable life with no waste.

What is my most treasured possession?

I am not a possessive person. I care with all my heart for everything and everyone I have in my life, but I can also let go when the time comes to say goodbye.

What is my most marked characteristic?

That I make people around me feel comfortable.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The streets and any public space actually. I just love observing people.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

At home. My life partner is an excellent cook. Number one, next to my mom’s cooking (of course!).

What books influenced my life and how?  

To be honest, I never know how to properly answer these kinds of questions, because there are so many. And actually, for me it is rather a mix of books, podcasts, videos, movies, blogs etc. that influence me. I have the feeling that anything I read or see contributes to my growth in one way or another.

Who are my favorite writers?

I don’t have favorites or maybe I can’t decide.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I imagine nature would be the perfect soundtrack. Just being somewhere in the deep nature or a deserted island (far away from civilization or human produced sounds) and listen to the natural composition of that place.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

People who stand up for social justice. People who dare to live a life beyond the social norms. And people who use kindness and communication as their choice of ‘weapon’.

What role plays art in my life and work?

What is art in the first place? For me art appears always when someone wants to expresses something. It is a form of a language itself and I see it everywhere.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My life partner, my family and my best friend. Sometimes I cannot believe how lucky I am, to have them in my life. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

Whoever wants to evoke social change… CALL ME! 😉

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

A big shout out to my fellow activists for social change here: If you want to create with heart and mind, challenge and educate, inspire reflection and kindness and break the vicious circle, let’s meet and play on it together!

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

I want to bring an App into this world, that helps adults to connect to their playfulness. I’ve worked on this concept for a while and now I am ready to go all in and find the right people/companies to realize this project.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

Soon you will find me and my work online. And you can find me anytime in Leipzig.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

I think sometimes passion does retire and then another passion takes its place.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Athena Gronti and Daphné Psarros

How can you contact me?

Instagram: @_nmnmmm_


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