Erik van der Weijde (b. 1977) lives and works in Amsterdam, NL and Natal, BR. Erik van der Weijde’s work is bringing light to non-spectacular and common images of our daily life - the house we live in, the lamp illuminating the street, our touristic habits, family portraits and many other popular subjects. Through his consistent series of photographs, he traces a path between history, culture, education, cliché and everyday habits; thanks to the immense attention to detail he is able to trace a link between far entities. In Weijde’s treatment images become symbol’s of the subjects they portray.
His photographic work is accompanied by many different books and zines - self published or in collaboration with renewed editors - which in many cases point the attention to the idea of repetition and constancy of his photographic series, allowing the research to be fully presented through the publications.
4478ZINE's publishing manifesto:
01. The book is the carrier for my (photographic) series.
02. The printed page is the perfect form for the reproducibility of the photographic image.
03. The spread contextualizes the single images.
04. The sequence of pages may provide yet another context.
05. The collections of images are mirrored in the collectability of the actual book.
06. The ratio between the quality of the printing and the quality of the image is more complex than to be read 1:1.
07. The relation between form and content is as equally important as both parts separately, but all parts may represent different values.
08. The fetishistic character of the printed matter may provide the extra layers to strengthen the iconic value of its images.
09. The book, as an object, gains strength as it gets re-contextualized by its viewer, owner or bookcase in which it stands.
10. The connections between different publications may be invisible, but are always present.
11. The steps made in the publishing process are solely based on artistic principles.
12. If the book is like a building, then, the publisher's catalog needs proper urban planning.
Panel discussion with Linus Bill, Erik van der Weijde, Aurélien Arbet and Jérémie Egry. The four artists discuss their work and the role of publications in their practice.