Powder Box Girls
The ‘Powder Box Girls’ stand tall in their windows; flaunting bodyparts like there’s no tomorrow. Shamelessly they try to haul anyone who passes them by into their tiny rooms. Shine and glitter is all that matters in these shopwindows.
Yes, you guessed right, these girls are for sale; they work the red-light district by night.
And by night only; they are different from the other ‘scarlet women’. You must know that these girls of pleasure have dayjobs as well. Working during the day is very important to them, without these jobs they couldn’t work as prostitutes. For them society is turned upside-down. The ‘Powder Box Girls’ feel they’re going to miss out on a very big slice of life if they haven’t at least spent 5 years taking care of an other person’s sexual needs, for money. Needless to say, the Powder Box Girls (and their believes) are a just a small group of sex-workers. They fit neatly into one “building”; the ‘Fuck Flat’.
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The Powder Box Girls are a series of readymade statuettes by Mimi Berlin. Mixed media with found and collectable objects, which are treasured in acrylic cubes. In some of the cubes all the items have been left untouched entirely; no glue or other adhesives that can damage items (such as the collectable compact powder boxes or the vintagedeluxe halfdolls). All the boxes are sealed with a gold filled seal, if you break the seal, and open the box, the sculpturettes inside will fall apart. The ‘Powder Box Girls’ are part of Mimi Berlin’s ‘Fuck Flat’ series. Loosely, (and seemingly in a romantic way) based on the Red-Light District in Amsterdam, the statuettes can be seen as souvenirs as well as artworks.
Statuettes, stories, images (including gif’s) created by Mimi Berlin Amsterdam, 2016/2017.
The Powder Box Series was part of Mimi Berlin’s Cabinet of Short Stories.