The day before yesterday, the Vouch III exhibition opened; just like last year during Vouch II, 25 diverse artists are exhibiting in Loods 6.Participating artists: Aletta Bos – Andre Pielage – Anuli Croon – Barbara Polderman – Celine van den Boorn Danielle Lemaire – Femke Dekkers – Gabi Rets – Jackie Mulder – Jolanda Schouten Kiki Lamers – Lenneke van der Goot – Lotte van Lieshout – Machteld Aardse – Maaike Kramer – Matthias Schaareman – Michiel Kluiters – Neil Fortune – Pim Palsgraaf René Korten – Tammo Schuringa – Wafae Ahalouch – Wim Bosch – Wim Jacobs
I am finalising my book Verrukkelijke baby’s, de geboorte in kaart gebracht (Delightful babies, birth mapped). The text is finished, the images have been selected, the first proof is imminent. In 2012, I bought a remarkable postcard on Amsterdam’s Waterlooplein, depicting a flying fish holding a baby in its mouth. The card became the starting point of a miraculous quest. In Verrukkelijke baby’s, I use old folk tales to unravel the origins of babies. Anyone paying close attention around 1900 could see infants everywhere. Babies were hidden in eggs, cabbages, trees, flowers and wells. And on 1 April, they were delivered to homes. During the first 20 years of the last century, the postcard was an extremely popular medium of communication. Billions of cards went around the world. The surreal baby cards shown in this book were briefly a very popular subgenre. Verrukkelijke baby’s depicts both the genesis of the baby and that of the postcard and tells the story of their successful extravagant marriage. The book will be published by Atlas Contact on March 14 and can also be ordered online from the publisher.
Today I received the collection of poems in which publisher Suhrkamp combined the poems of Kalfsvlies and Fantoommerrie, written by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, into one edition, and for which I made a new cover image. The German translation can be found next to the Dutch original.