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Chert Berlin and Erik van der Weijde are delighted to announ ce the second solo show of the Dutch artist at the gallery. This equilibriu m - of artist and gallery - symbolically opens up the main theme of the exh ibition: the interaction between space and people\; specifically\, Oscar Ni emeyer and the artist's wife\, summarised into a series of architectural ph otographs and portraits.

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The artist uses photography as a tool to c apture and collect images\, but does not always use traditional photographi c techniques in his output. Since his interest lies in the reproducibility of the medium\, he often chooses to show his series in books. Thus the youn g woman's portraits that are featured in the exhibition\, are now grouped i n the book "This is not my Wife"\, recently published by Rollo Press. The t itle is a clear reference to "ceci n'est pas une pipe"\, the sentence which opens up the entire surrealist world\, whose revolutionary freedom and enc hantment link the show directly to Niemeyer's architecture. Similarly\, Nie meyer's buildings were mostly inspired by the female body and founded from sensual curves and silhouette drawings - a detail that van der Weijde remem bers in a very personal and intimate way\, creating another link of interac tion between the two subjects.

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Where Oscar Niemeyer uses reinforced concrete to build his structures\, van der Weijde uses the raster process - tiny dots that serve as building blocks - to construct his image. The con cept and technique of offset printing\, the transfer of ink passing through a fine mesh silkscreen\, or the scanning of a laserbeam - all produce imag es that are built up from tiny dots. 

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Finally\, the installation in the gallery is a direct reference to the Lucio Costa and Brazilian pavilio n at the 13th Milan Triennale in 1964. The project\, entitled "Riposatevi" (meaning "relax")\, brought together black and white architectural photogra phy with coloured flags and hammocks\, where visitors could lie down and re lax. The artist has replicated the colours used in the flags on the undergr ound walls of the gallery\, while the hammocks have been substituted for th e artist's wife's portraits\, printed on transparent cloth.

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Erik van der Weijde was born in the Netherlands in 1977. He studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie\, Amsterdam and has been livi ng and working in the Netherlands and Natal\, Brazil\, since 2005.

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He is the founder of the publishing house 4478zine\, a project initiated ba ck in 2005. The foto.zine series has become an important side of Van der We ijde's artistic research\, combining photos taken by the artist with found images and images belonging to other artists\, who have been invited to col laborate. Besides publishing with his own publishing house\, 4478 Zines\, h e has been producing books with Roma Publications (Amsterdam)\, Rollo press (Zurich)\, Edition Taube (Berlin) and Café Royal Books (London)\, among ot hers.

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The exhibition "Niemeyer and my wife" coincides as well with the launch of his new publication "NIEMEYER"\, published by 4478zine and Ro llo Press.

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Erik van der Weiijde's project "Niemeyer and my Wife" ha s captured the interest of Berlin's 5th European Month of Photography\, org anised by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH. This year's theme - curated by Katia Reich - is “The View Of The Other”\, a concept that reflects on questions o f construction: of personal and national identities\, foreign cultures\, co lonialism and post-colonialism.

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