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.
His work reveals and unfolds the complexity of layers urban space can consist of. The material he works with is organized time, which has so far been finding its form through silent Walk Pieces, durational photo-installations, performances and publications. In his Walk Pieces, he guides small groups of audience through urban space in silence over 100 minutes. They capture the urban fabric in its different layers. His works describe urban space and make visible its layers. Layers of both formal and informal urban development, of political decisions impacting public and shared space. Scars of time, weather, use and war, left like wounds in the urban texture, sometimes healed, sometimes still open.
In his work, David Bergé asks how the body can be a central device to capture images and he invites his audience to share this experience.
Bergé’s work has been presented at various international art centers including Kunsthal Extra City in Antwerp (2018, 2015, 2016); CAC in Vilnius (2015); NETWERK Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst (2015, 2012, 2009); STUK arts center in Leuven (2017, 2013); 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).
He has been invited to artist in residence programs around the world, such as the Cape Cod Modern House Trust in Wellfleet, USA; Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico; geoAIR in Tbilisi; Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (curator: Andre Lepecki) and most recently the Saari Residence of the Kone Foundation in Finland.
Bergé has also collaborated with choreographers Trajal Harrell and Marc Vanrunxt of which results were presented at Kaaitheater, Brussels (2009), MoMA, New York (2013) and The Barbican, London (2017).
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). His work is being supported by the organization Platform 0090.