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NIH Director Frances Collins talks about
Nana Bagdavadze at the opening of her exhibit: "What color is your DNA?"
May 03, 2019
Voice of America in Georgian, covering Nana's lecture on my Art and Science at the DC Science Cafe. 2011
Vitruvian Woman Interview 2018
THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE
has its origins in a parlor game popularized by Marcel Proust, the French essayist, and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. This is Nana
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Peace and Harmony
What is your greatest fear?
Chaos and unpleasant sounds.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I have no idea.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
Many, but my mother the most.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Wanting to be even more extravagant.
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
I don’t know.
On what occasion do you lie?
Not to hurt people needlessly.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Too critical to define.
Which living person do you most despise?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Having a character, originality, and depth.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Sandro, my husband.
When and where were you happiest?
When I travel.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Knowing more languages than three.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having my two sons and saving my sister’s life.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A beautiful cypress tree overlooking the ocean.
Where would you most like to live?
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Ignorance.
What is your favorite occupation?
Being an artist is my favorite occupation.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
I want to constantly learn from them.
Who are your favorite writers?
Goethe, Tolstoy, Hesse, Mann.
Who is your hero of fiction?
Joseph, from Thomas Mann’s “Joseph and his brothers”.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Akhenaten.
Who are your heroes in real life?
What are your favorite names?
Nicholas, David, Luka, and Sandro.
What is it that you most dislike?
What is your greatest regret?
Many and None at the same time.
How would you like to die?
Surrounded by my children and grandchildren.
What is your motto?
Be kind and try to leave the Beauty as your footprint.