Fabulous failure and storytelling
with vernacular photography.

A Weekend with Erik Kessels

How important are mistakes in a time when perfection appears to be so easy to reach?
perfection stands as an obstacle for creativity? Which role images have in contemporary society?
How compulsive ripetitiveness offers us new ways to look at, collect and edit images?


These are the main subjects of Erik Kessels lecture and workshop at Fruit 2018. Erik Kessels,
international artist, curator and creative director of the communication agency and publishing
house Kesselskramer, will present his latest books Failed It! and The Many Lives of Erik
Kessels to discuss his career, artistic practice and approach to photobook design.

Erik Kessels
Born in 1966, lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with great interest in photography. Erik Kessels is since 1996 Creative Director of communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and works for national and international clients such as Nike, Diesel, J&B Whisky, Oxfam, Ben, Vitra, Citizen M and The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel.
As an artist and photography curator Kessels has published over 50 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ images: Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), in almost every picture (2001-2015) and Wonder (2006). Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography.
In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, in 2016 nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and is often seen as the most influential creative of The Netherlands.

Storytelling with vernacular photography.

with ERIK KESSELS – Kesselskramer Publishing and Communication Agency
www.kesselskramerpublishing.com / www.kesselskramer.com

Friday, 2nd February 2018 – Palazzo Re Enzo


Over a period of 20 years Erik Kessels has made many books and exhibitions out of his passion for vernacular and amateur photography. In this lecture he will highlight his latest publication and exhibition ‘The many Lives of Erik Kessels’ and gives an insight in collecting and editing the photographs often found online or on flea markets from all over the world.

Second subject of the lecture is the role of images in the time we live in and how you can look at these in other ways than simply consuming them.