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Watchlist Artist: Erik Kessels

24hrs in Photography explores our shifting relationship to photography during a hypermediated era, in which internet users are bombarded with images on a daily basis. Erik Kessels’ immersive installation of vernacular photography, originally conceived for the exhibition What’s Next at Foam (2011), reveals how the limited frame of a computer screen can present an expansive view of the world. An indeterminable number of freely circulating images depict a multitude of people, places, and events across the globe.

Kessels’ diverse biography informs this unique project: he began his career as a commercial illustrator and is now founding partner and creative director of the advertising agency KesselsKramer (Amsterdam), editor of the alternative magazine Useful Photography, publisher of several books of photographs, and curator of noted international photography exhibitions. What each of these endeavours has in common is an obsession with vernacular photography that fuels an impulse to collect.

(text source: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival)

More about Erik Kessels (b. 1966, Roermond)

Erik Kessels is a founding partner and creative director of KesselsKramer, an independent international communications agency located in Amsterdam. He has designed, edited and published several books of vernacular photography through KesselsKramer Publishing—including the In Almost Every Picture series, and The Instant Men and Wonder. Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography. He has curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures at the Centraal Museum Utrecht, Holland, and at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2008, after having been a nominator for the Discovery Award in 2002. He was one of four curators (with Lou Reed, Fred Ritchin and Vince Aletti) of the New York Photo Festival 2010 where he presented the exhibition Use me Abuse me. Kessels was one of four curators – along with C. Cheroux, J. Schmid, J. Fontcuberta and M. Parr for the 2011 Arles manifesto exhibition From Here On.

(text source: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival)

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(All images: Erik Kessels, 24hrs in Photography, installation at CONTACT Gallery, 2013; Photo © Toni Hafkenschied)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 5/26/13

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