Installation view, Erik van der Weijde solo exhibition, Chert, Berlin. Oct. 2010
Der Baum shows 44 photographs of trees, taken by Van der Weijde over the past few years.
The list of places where the photographs were taken includes different locations in Europe and Brazil. Their descriptions range from specified historical sites, such as the elementary school Adolf Hitler attended, or the street where kidnap victim Natasha Kampusch was held, to unidentified places as for example ‘school’, ‘road’ or ‘park’.
“Der Baum” series takes direct inspiration from the book “Der Baum im Bilde der Landschaft”, a German photo book published in 1931 by K.R Langewiesche. This title was part of a book series called “Der Eiserne Hammer (The Iron Hammer), which aimed to provide cheap educational tools for the uneducated masses. The series carried the motto “Das Gute für Alle (The Good for All)”.
“Der Baum” is published by 4478 Zine. The series of photographs related to the book was presented in Erik van der Weijde solo exhibition, “Der Baum” at Chert gallery in Berlin, October 2010.