December 1st, it is dark, cold and desolate. On the dusty floor and graffiti covered walls of  warehouse Amsterdam Roest the contours of the Holland Handwork exhibition become clearly visible. It’s an eclectic mix of established and upcoming artists, designers, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, performers and craftsmen. This is a place where the smell of “My Little Pony” burgers by Kitchen of the Undesired Animal fills up the room and water is turned into silver 3D-printed jewellery.

At the end of the hall there’s a big screen and an awaiting audience on and around the installed aircraft seats. Anticipating conversations suddenly turn into soft murmurs as the Mimik teaser starts playing on the silver screen. An angelic looking young female enters the stage in her Jantine van Peski dress and steps into the spotlight. White! Cynthesizer starts her spoken word performance; especially composed music by Raoul Santos reinforces her words that go from slow to fast and from whispers to screams. This poetic waterfall is followed by the short movie Squareplain made by brothers Nick and Thijs Albers and Taro Ishida, which leaves us wondering and wanting more… The launch of the first hard copy of Mimik Magazine – The White Issue – is a fact!

Founder and editor-in-chief Annelies is clearly relieved and happy as she hands out the first copies of the magazine devoted to art, fashion, poetry & prose. What better scenery and circumstances to launch this White Issue, which is about desolation, emptiness and desire. Finally we can buy our own copy and have it signed even.

Text Laura Luchtman | photos Gijsbert Tinga

Launch of the white issue

Launch of Mimik’s White Issue during Holland Handwork at Roest Amsterdam

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