Yamina Oudai Celso


Early on I began manifesting the symptoms of two incurable vices, philosophy and writing: I channeled the former into a PhD in research, the publication of a book about Freud published by Bollati Boringhieri and an academic career divided between Venice, Geneva and Paris. The latter found its expression in a ten year journalistic collaboration with printed and online newspapers, with a particular focus on art, literature and travel. I’m always in search of a leitmotif  between culture, arts, architecture and landscapes, because the most intense emotions and most instructive reflections are, in my case, always provoked by Beauty – which inevitably implies, and often coincides with, a harmonious dialogue with the environment and the rest of the planet. My favourite “drugs”? A Keith Jarret or Itzhak Perlman concert, a film by Luchino Visconti, a Baudelaire poem, a “Don Giovanni” sung like it should be or a Shakespeare play, or a whole day spent in the kitchen inventing recipes, or the contemplation of my animal “alter egos”, that is, cats (house ones and non), cheetahs, lions and felines in general: if they don’t come to my couch, I’ll go to the savannah to look for them.


Favourite quote:

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

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