David Bergé looks at photography through the lens of the body.
Rather than employing only the optical application of the camera, his work revolves around the gaps in space and time that have emerged through the invention of photography.
In his work, he asks how the body can be a central device to capture images and he invites his audience to share this experience. His work reveals and unfolds the complexity of urban space, rather than capturing it into one picture. Unlike other photographers, he doesn’t freeze time, but opens it up. His material is organized time, which is manifested through ‘silent Walk Pieces’, durational photo-installations, performative talks and publications as continuations of actions.
Bergé’s work has been presented at various international art centers including Kunsthal Extra City in Antwerp (2015, 2016); CAC in Vilnius (2015); NETWERK Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst (2012, 2015); SALT, Istanbul (2011); Maison Particulière, Brussels (2014); Goethe Institute New Delhi (2011); TanzQuartier Wien, Vienna (2010) and Kunsthaus Muerz, Muerzzuschlag, (2012). He published a book with MER. Paper Kunsthalle (2015).
Bergé has also collaborated with a range of artists and curators across many projects that have been produced for festivals and site-specific venues such as the Artefact festival at STUK arts center, Leuven (2013, 2017); MoMA, New York (2013); KCB, Belgrade (2013), The Barbican, London (2017) and Kaaitheater, Brussels (2009).
He has been invited to artist in residence programs around the world, such as the Cape Cod Modern House Trust in Wellfleet, USA; The Ars Aevi collection in Sarajevo; Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico; geoAIR in Tbilisi; Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin; Saari residency of the Kone Foundation in Finland; the BOZAR in Brussels and the PAF in St. Erme, France.
Since 2009, Bergé has been teaching as well as speaking about his work at a number of different institutions, including Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore (IN); Beckett University in Leeds (UK), Ghent University (BE); UdK, University of the Arts in Berlin; LUCA school of the Arts, Brussels, and many others.
David Bergé currently lives in Athens and Brussels where his work has received support from government funding bodies. He holds an MA from the Dutch Art Institute (2017) and an MFA from LUCA Brussels (2005).
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