A boy, bugs, an illusion, a jungle, a kiss and New York have very little in common, save that they can be named with the sounds our mouths can make, and written down with the letters of our alphabet. And of course: that they all belong to our infinite world, of which the alphabet book ABC brings together a few coincidental things that are worth collecting.

Like any alphabet book, this ABC contains a word for each letter of the alphabet.  But the things and thoughts those words refer to are not just depicted.  How could they do that, considering just how much world one single word can evoke?  How miraculous are words, if you think of it?  Likewise, the photos, children's drawings, handicrafts and other stuff in the book contain all sorts of colours and forms, and follow all kinds of associations and lines of thought.

ABC is the result of a collaboration of three friends, who - each in their own way - see the world as an excuse to look around and get working with their gaze, words and thoughts.  Consequently, ABC is not just a children's book, but above all a childishly complex book for young and older people who know fire comes in different shapes, or have a clear image of that big city they have never been to, or ask themselves what cherries taste like.

Katrien Hendrickx

Mieke Verbijlen

Renilde De Peuter