'Synchronicity has nothing to do with order, but everything with chaos.'

Belgium based architect / photographer, Iwert Bernakiewicz (º1970), is educated as an architect and blends his artistic skills with two decades of experience in architectural design and education. (cv/pdf)

His work challenges our observation. The overal theme ‘FRAG’, serves as an acronym and working theme: ‘for real, augmented gazing’. At the same time it is the German word for ‘ASK’, the constant questioning of our (human) actions and surroundings. On the other hand it is an abbreviation for fragment. ‘Frag’ from the Latin ‘frangere’, to break, is also found in fragility, the breakable.

Iwert’s experience in architectural design allows him to question three dimensional space, transforming ‘reality’ into two dimensional representations and fold-out two and a half dimensional sculptures showing condensed parallel realities.

In his Kaleidoscopic views weightlessness is introduced to condense architecture and space into parallel worlds, tackling curiosity and thereby questioning our surroundings. In his paper sculptures human (inter)actions are reduced to their extreme minimum for a maximum of expression. His photography is an act of obsessive compulsive observing, themed under oco*. He can't help but see, an obsessive collector of fragile fragments, knowing everything can be different in an instant.

He actively uses photography, model building and paper sculptures as a research and documenting tool in his work with students at Hasselt University, in scenography and as an independent artist, reflecting visually on human interactions, architecture, our natural environment and self.

A more elaborate background on his work 'a clastic whole' is found under the tab drive.


The featured portfolios are freely organised in the following domains:


(FRAG)# stories questioning our presence, for real augmented gazing;

(AR)# architecture revisited;

(Sc)# scenography;

(Process)# process documentation in architectural education;

(Doc)# documentary work about travel, crafts, work visits, etcetera.


Only a selection is shown. For very recent work, a full selection or other inquiries please contact Iwert Bernakiewicz directly.