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A Distinct Effort
by David Bergé


September 7–10, 2017

Atelier Bouwmeester
Ravensteingalerie, Brussels







A Distinct Effort is the third chapter in a series of works by Belgian artist David Bergé (lives and works in Athens) which centers around a collection of 286 photographs taken by Charles-Édouard Jeanneret—who later would adopt the name Le Corbusier—and August Klipstein during their Voyage d’Orient in 1911.

At Atelier Bouwmeester, Bergé focuses on the performative aspect that lies enclosed in these photographs. By electing not to use a tripod, the two men took these photographs by supporting their cameras with their own bodies and directing them at things and landscapes, thus placing the human body central to the experience of place.

Combining a selection of images and recorded prose, A Distinct Effort slowly uncovers an early twentieth-century desire for spatial understanding rather than photographic representation—an approach to space which feeds into Bergé’s ongoing interest in non-optical photographic strategies for perceiving and navigating relations within urban environments.


With images by August Klipstein & Charles-Édouard Jeanneret ©Fondation Le Corbusier

A Distinct Effort is part of the research platform Studio Space of Z33, House for Contemporary Art 

Technical realisation:
Gaia Carabillo, Ilan Manouach, Ludo Engels

With thanks to:
Katrien Reist, Platform 0090, Team Vlaams Bouwmeester, Fondation Le Corbusier