Workshop: Erik Kessels – Small Universe
workshop: 11. + 12.5.2019, 10 am – 5 pm
Cities are crowded, houses are small and personal space is hard to find. You are always surrounded by people and people’s stuff. You are hardly ever alone. In a place where horizons are scarce, people create new visions by reinterpreting their immediate surroundings. Obsessively zooming in on all the little details that make up their small universe. Adding new meanings to relationships, repetitions, peeing girlfriends and parked cars.
In this workshop, every participant will search for and develop such a condensed obsession and make a project out of it. The most beautiful photographic projects have their origin in something very small, personal and intimate. Kessels will develop the idea and execution of such a project with the participants in this workshop.
Sign Up: email@example.com, Language: English, Fee: €250
Who is Erik Kessels?
Called “a visual sorcerer” by Time Magazine and a “Modern Anthropologist” by Voque Italia, Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist known for his experimental use of found photography. He re-appropriates and re-contextualises images, creating new significance for materials that would otherwise be overlooked. Besides being the co-founder and creative partner of the international communications agency KesselsKramer, Kessels has published over 50 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ images, is editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography and has written the international bestseller Failed It!
Kessels made and curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures, Use me Abuse me, 24HRS of Photos, Album Beauty, From Here On and Unfinished Father. In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, in 2016 nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. In 2017-2019 his mid-career retrospective was shown in Turin, Budapest and Düsseldorf.