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In Space Between Us, photographer Bertrand Cavalier explores the notion of structure by investigating how certain shapes or patterns appear to structure the space in the city of Bremen. Yet, what interests him are not so much architectural macro-structures, but rather the micro-structures that constitute the fabric of reality. These structures are not always the result of rational thinking. They are often organic, chaotic and formed by coincidence, but they always have the ability to solidify space, to differentiate it and make it tangible. They provide space with something to latch onto.
Through this act of differentiation, abstract space becomes meaningful. It becomes the space that surrounds us and through which we navigate and interact with one another. The way this space is structured determines how we relate to the world, not only physically, but also socially and mentally. It shapes our behaviour, our beliefs and ideologies. However, by interacting with it, we reshape it and create our own structures. Like a spider weaving its web, we produce a frame of reference that allows us to develop a sense of place and feel at home.
These underlying patterns are made visible by photography. In the hands of the photographer, the camera becomes an instrument that allows us to look behind appearances. It digs into reality, unveiling what holds it together.

Text by Bram Van Beek

Commissioned by FRAC Centre on the occasion of Years of Solitude architecture biennial 2019-2020.
Project under the invitation of Cornelia Escher.