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a workshop by ERIK KESSELS
Micamera, Milan 8-9 Feb / 4-5 Apr 2020
The tendency to overthink comes from self-doubt, insecurity or the desire to please. Often times overthinking leads to not doing. An amateur does not over think because they are blissfully unaware of the stakes. The rules don’t apply because they don’t know the consequences.
So, how do you become a complete and utter amateur? Give up control, and embrace your inner naivety, because amateurs don’t know any better! They are driven by enthusiasm and spontaneous conquest.
Consider this: As far as modern lingo, amateur is used to describe one’s lack of skill, but the word used to have a positive connotation. Could it be that the competitive nature of activity has skewed our ability to perceive any joy from what we do? We forget that why we do what we love simply comes from the act of loving it.
In this workshop Erik Kessels will stretch the amateur abilities of the participants to the limit. Photography is in many ways a perfect medium. By bringing out the inner amateur in yourself, you will have more freedom to experiment and be able to look at your own talents anew. Remember, to make yourself totally uncomfortable for a few days is never a bad thing!
the workshop lasts over two different weekends
from 10am to 6pm
at Micamera / in Milan – via Medardo Rosso, 19
maximum 14 students
cost: 500€ + VAT for both weekends
info: Giulia Zorzi / email@example.com / +39 335 6817 917
Erik Kessels is a Dutch communication designer, artist and curator with great interest in photography.
Erik Kessels is since 1996 Creative Partner of communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam/London and has created campaigns for national and international clients such as Nike, Diesel, J&B Whisky, Oxfam, Ben, Vitra, Citizen M, I amsterdam and The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel. Kessels has won many international awards with his advertising work.
As an artist and curator Kessels has published over 70 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ images: Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), In Almost Every Picture (2001-2019) and Shit (2018). Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography and has written the international bestseller Failed It!
Kessels writes regular editorials for numerous international magazines. He lectured at the D&AD Presidents Lecture and at several international design conferences such as in Singapore, Goa, NY, Toronto and Bangkok. He has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam), Écal (Lausanne), Raffles (Milan) and at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture where he curated a celebration of amateurism.
Kessels made and curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures, Mother Nature, 24HRS in Photos, Album Beauty, Unfinished Father and GroupShow. He als co-curated an exhibition called From Here on together with Martin Parr, Joachim Schmid, Clement Cheroux and Joan Fontuberta.
In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, in 2016 nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Until 2019 his mid-career retrospective was shown in Turin, Düsseldorf, Budapest and he exhibited this year in the SFMOMA. He was called “a visual sorcerer” by Time Magazine and a “Modern Anthropologist” by Voque (Italia).