In Bloom

A new month begins, the shortest of them all. Fickle and strange, it stretches out interminably despite the brevity of its days. February looms like that. As the lost man once said, weather changes moods. While we could coalesce through our collective misery, we could also consider the gloom a cipher, both an emblem and a void. A perfect canvas for new buds to flourish, much like the primordial spark that set off years of life and wonder – which, like everything else, came from the abyss. Think of moonflowers and coleus, which blossom and glow as other plants slumber. Keep these in mind when the night feels endless; for even in the darkness, living things bloom.

Front cover: Ouri shot by Fatine-Violette Sabiri in Montréal

Editors in chief: Herlinde Raeman & Kasper-Jan Raeman
Magazine editors: Julien Van de Casteele & Isaline Raes
Copy editor: Megan Roberts
Design: Chloe D’hauwe
Advertising & partnerships:
Printer: Drukkerij GEWADRUPO, Arendonk, Belgium

Contributing writers: Gabriela González, Isaline Raes, Julien Van de Casteele, Hannes Rooms, Isabel Elwood, Yente Vaneerdewegh, Eléonore Kenis, Wannes Dewit, Jacob McPherson, Asli Ozyurek, Glen Van Muylem, Dries Robbe, Sasha Ermakov, Koen Bleuzé & Souria Cheurfi

Contributing photographers: Fatine-Violette Sabiri, Tiny Geeroms, Elies Van Renterghem, Aurélie Bayad, Alex Johnstone, Richard Perez & Bibi Euse

Contributing artist: Klaas Rommelaere

Partners: C12, Democrazy, PopKatari, Beursschouwburg, KulturA, Go With The Flow, Vooruit, Magasin 4, Frans Masereel Centrum, Bozar, Het Bos, Botanique, AB, Volta, SCRPR x MONTAGE, Groef, KASKcinema, Cinematek, Cinema Zuid, De Studio, NTGent, Toneelhuis, KVS, Museum Night Fever, Argos, CC Mechelen, de Bijloke, deSingel, STUK, Carhartt, M HKA, Anima Festival & Desperados

A heartfelt thank you to all our distributors, interns & volunteers.