The amateur – the one who photographs for pleasure and not for profession – does not waste time thinking because he is blissfully unaware of what is at stake. He doesn’t follow the rules too much because he doesn’t know them or they don’t interest him too much. – Erik Kessels
Naive, passionate and illogical. These are the three qualities that Erik Kessels asked the authors to discover during the course of his workshop.
He asked them not to be afraid, or to be too afraid.
He asked them to have the courage to dare and at the same time accept the fear of failure; to explore and challenge what seems difficult to control.
There is a thread, fragile and subtle, among all the works on display: the desire to make fun of grotesque, perhaps painful parts. The will to stop taking ourselves too seriously for a few seconds, giving voice to that instinctual part that we often repress in the pursuit of the perfect and glossy image.
They began by disowning failure for fear that it would take possession of their desires of affirmation, without realizing that, perhaps, giving themselves the freedom to fail is just what they should desire.
On the other hand, the course was held by someone who dedicated an entire book to the essential importance of failure: Erik Kessels.
The result was surprising and we decided to exhibit it.
The exhibited artists: