KNOOTT: “I was born in Moscow in the summer of 1987 during time, known as “perestroika”. Since childhood I was fascinated by theatre, and at various times was involved in performance, journalism and partymaking.
I graduated “Management in music show business” course in University, and later was invited to work for a famous nightclub in Moscow.
After my child was born I had to quit the world of nightlife temporarily and decided to move to Goa.
In Goa I was happy to find a whole art community – creative open-minded people whose talents were embodied, often not having professional education and any experience, guided by the call of their hearts. This was just something that I missed living in a megapolis.”
ON THE PICTURE: KNOOTT’S SON THREE WEEKS IN THE WOMB
KNOOTT: “Samaya Gorgona is a brand of clothing for freaky people. Who are my customers?.. I can only tell they are all very crazy. Maybe some of the weirdest folk you can find around. In a positive way, of course. They are very gentle and fragile. They are harmless and sexy. They love to experiment. And they are upstarts. They stand out. They are fearless. Shameless. And they believe in Love.”
ON THE PICTURE: KNOOTT WITH HER SON
January 2012 is thought to be the birth of Samaya Gorgona fetish clothing brand and the beginning of the golden age of psychedelic punk.
In September 2013 The House Of Psy Punk Fashion was opened in Anjuna, Goa. For the next 2 years Knoott was selling clothes of her design in Goa at local markets in Anjuna and Arpora.
ON THE PICTURE: KNOOTT IN THE HOUSE OF PSY PUNK FASHION IN ANJUNA, GOA
January 2014 saw the first Samaya Gorgona Freakshow happening in Shanti, Aswem (Goa, India).
2015-2016 Knoott lived and worked in Barcelona.
In September 2016 Knoott returned to Goa and soon met a filmmaker Nikolay (NikkolЯ!) Litvinov, whom she married a year after. Together they founded Motor Gang Films & Theatre.
ON THE PICTURE: KNOOTT PLAYING AKKA MAHADEVI
During 2017 – 2021 Knoott and NikkolЯ! have created 11 short films and worked out their original genre of film. In the same time Knoott continued to work in the fashion field and released “The Squirt” collection, a part of which was presented in Andrey Bartenev’s gallery in Moscow in April 2021.
ON THE PICTURE: YOUTUBE CHANNEL MOTOR GANG FILMS & THEATRE
Apart from that, Knoott and NikkolЯ! started a psychedelic punk band.
In April 2021 Knoott and NikkolЯ! moved to Israel for permanent residence.