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About Mirjam Dijkema

The Impossible Machine is a shop run by Dutch artist and designer Mirjam Dijkema (1984) who studied Illustration&Graphic Design and Art History.

Currently Mirjam is teaching design and art theory at Minerva School of Arts in Groningen, the Netherlands and working as a self-employed poster designer and screen printer. Her printing career started at the famous underground music club VERA, where she has been employed since 2007. At the Vera club, Mirjam designs and screen prints posters by hand, arranges exhibition and is managing the print shop in general. The Vera Club has been famous worldwide since the early eighties and nineties, when upcoming bands like U2, Nirvana and Sonic Youth were booked by the programmer Peter Weening, who is still working at the Club. Since the late seventies, handmade screen prints have been a important and many-sided face of the club, where currently 12 different professional designers are active. As a poster artist Mirjam has worked outside of the Vera Club as well and made numerous designs for bands like Soundgarden, Dinosaur Jr., Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes and many many more.

Mirjams work is exhibited all over the world and she gave numerous lectures about the gig poster and screen printing in general. In her collage and printing work she focusses on how printing techniques convey different (visual) messages and investigates the screen printing technique as a whole. Together with her students at Minerva School of Arts, she explores the limits of illustration and focusses on how a message is conveyed, both theoretically and pratically. 

Over the course of the last year, Mirjam has been working in Mexico City and collaborates with Mexican visual artist Andrés Gamiochipi. In the first year of working together, both artists have had six exhibitions in Mexico, the Netherlands and Italy.

Exhibitions and Lectures


  • collage exhibition @ Panteón, Mexico City, Mexico w/ Andrés Gamiochipi
  • International Gigposter Exhibition & Market 18 - 20 January 2018 Location: GRID, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Screen print exhibition examining contemporary manipulations of traditional serigraphy techniques. Curated by Paloma Mayorga, Link & Pin gallery, Austin, Texas, USA.


  • collage and screen print exhibition + student workshop @ Abadir, Catania, Sicily, Italy.
  • Collage exhibition at Galeria Breve, Mexico City Mexico w/ Andrés Gamiochipi
  • Duo collage and paste-up exhibition at the Koepelzaal, Minerva Groningen w/ Andrés Gamiochipi + student (illustration) collaboration project
  • fair / exhibition screen print posters @ Corona Capital, Mexico City, Mexico


  • Collage Exhibition @ Mutem, Mexico City, Mexico organized by Arca Mexico w/ Andrés Gamiochipi
  • Collage exhibition and artist in residence w/ Andrés Gamiochipi @ Convivio, Oaxaca Mexico
  • Exhibition in the Error! gallery in Spain Barcelona
  • expo and live screenprint demo at Eurosonic/Noorderslag, Groningen
  • Poster fair and Exhibition at the Primavera Sound Music Festival
  • Poster fair and sales at the music festival Welcome to the Village 2016.


  • Exhibition at the Kulturfabrik in Leipzig, Germany
  • Exhibition at the Scheune in Dresden, Germany
  • Exhibition, civic hall Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Group exhibition with gigposters
  • Part of a group Exhibition in Brighton during the great escape festival in England.
  • Poster fair and Exhibition at the Primavera Sound Music Festival
  • Poster fair and Exhibition at the Reeperbahn Festival, Germany Hamburg


  • Flatstock #33, Exhibition and sales at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.
  • Poster exhibtion in the graphic museum of Groningen: GR-ID, Netherlands.


  • "I am, therefore I think", Goodfoot Art Gallery, Portland, OR, USA.
  • Flatstock #40, Chicago Illinois, USA (during Pitchfork Music Festival).
  • Flatstock Europe 9 // Flatstock 39, Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain (during Primavera Sound).
  • Posters Rock! 2013. Gig poster exhibition in Casa dell'Architettura in Rome.


  • Diversity in Screen Printing Gallery Show EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT 2012 The Vera Project, Seattle (WA), USA.
  • Flatstock 34, Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain (during Primavera Sound)
  • Flatstock Europe 8, Reeperbahn festival, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Noorderzon, Noorderplantsoen, Groningen, Netherlands screen print demonstrations and exhibition
  • Organisation and participation in exhibition 'Vera in Posters 2011', Galerie SIGN, Groningen, Netherlands
  • The World of Music Posters, Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, Spain.


  • Flatstock #31, Fisher Pavillion, Seattle WA. Exhibition and sales at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle
  • Group exhibition Push&Pull @ Subwalk, Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Lecture about screen printing, designing and Vera @ the Vera Project, Seattle
  • MusicFestNW Postermart, Portland Oregon, USA. Exhibition and sales during the MFNW festival in Portland, Oregon.
  • Participation in a group exhibition & sales during Into the Great Wide Open, Vlieland, Netherlands.
  • The Art of Musical Maintenance VIII, Goodfoot Gallery, Portland OR, USA.
  • Vera/Vera Project, Seattle WA, USA. Organisation of a large retrospective exhibition in the Vera Project in Seattle.