The tree that grows upside down
the Gallery 207, AAAD
Our ancestors planted trees to celebrate political victories. A big patulous tree in the middle of a landscape became a symbol of national pride. Between 1918 and 1919, thousands of trees had been planted symbolizing the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic. ds of trees had been planted symbolizing the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic. The act of planting was accompanied by ceremonies: the national anthem was sung, trees were decorated with ribbons, commemorative letters were placed between the roots. Lime and oak trees and other big trees were planted later as well, always as a reminder of values such as democracy and freedom. Nowadays, these trees grew thin and old. A big patulous tree in the middle of a landscape stands alone, dried up, its leaves fell off…with a bit of imagination, it looks like a tree that grows upside down, with its roots up.The small venue of the Gallery 207 will be used as a camera obsura that will enable to project an image of space turned upside down. In combination with photograms and objects, it will offer the spectators a chance to interpret this multilayered symbol in their way.