Art is such a big subject, Hanna continues, and therefore she wanted to handle it in a light hearted way, taking a cue from that defining picture in Korea. “Art could be anything, and at the same time, there is too much ‘Art’ out there. I wanted to talk about this through the projects I made, and having fun with the people around me. I started asking friends to give me projects, and one of the requirements was that they should be very personal.” FYI, her mother featured in the mag — can’t get more close to home than that.
Among the contributors are Max Pearmain, the editor in chief of Arena Homme + and Jamie Reid, a close collaborator of the Sex Pistols; and besides fashion’s favorite ‘alt’ model Moffy, who’s featured this time around? “From my side, I took pictures of lots of people I met in Japan this year, and of course Moffy! It was more of a spontaneous decision, and I took most of the pictures when I was away. My friend Joyce and I did a fashion shoot in Tokyo with a transgender girl, Yoshino. We met her in a lesbian bar in Shinjuku a day before the shoot, and asked her to be our model. We shot her around midnight, as that was the only time she would be available. The three of us were all really drunk during the shoot… It was the best shoot I’ve ever done, I had such fun, I couldn’t stop laughing!”
As an attempt to transfer the experience to the UK, Hanna recently hosted a girls only night in Soho with her friend Rachael Crowther, a visual artist who was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries last year. “I wanted to start a new girls night in London after I had been to them in different cities, as well as lesbian bars,” she says, before adding that pictures of those nights in question can be found in the first issue. “London weirdly doesn’t have many lesbian places for young people.” It seems a statement rooted in truth. Apart from She Soho, a small cafe hardly visible, located somewhere in between clubs with vogueing men on Old Compton Street, there ain’t much out there for the lady-loving flesh in Central London. But, there’s some good news for those systematically avoiding Tinder and prefer human closeness: “…we are planning to throw more parties soon!”