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David Bergé lives in Athens and Brussels and practices 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. As the body experience is personal and subjective, his works appear and disappear through movement, sound, narrative and light. Bergé’s work - taking the form of silent Walk Pieces, durational photo-installations, performances and publications - reveals and unfolds the layers and complexities of urban infrastructure. Traversing across what is public and private, the participants of this work experience time and awakening of the senses of their body becoming manifest through sweat and breaths, and eventually vanishing as other secretions. Bergé physically embodies the photographic desires to expand time through diverse mediums to open up time, such as performance, installation, narrative and projection, and questions ontology on photography by exposing the incomplete gap between time and space.
Bergé’s work has been presented at various international art centers including Kunsthal Extra City in Antwerp (2018, 2015, 2016); SKD, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden (2018); Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art (2018); CAC in Vilnius (2015); STUK arts center in Leuven (2017, 2013); SALT, Istanbul (2011); KCB Belgrade (2013), NETWERK Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst (2015, 2012, 2009); Maison Particulière, Brussels (2014); Gati 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 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 and mentoring 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.
(bio written by Enna Bae)