After ECAL in June 2015 and Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam in September 2015, ECAL Bachelor Photography students present "The Embarrassment Show", an exhibition curated by Erik Kessels, cofounder & creative director of KesselsKramer (Amsterdam), at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf from 20 November to 10 January.
The Embarrassment Show
A workshop and exhibition curated by Erik Kessels cofounder & creative director KesselsKramer (Amsterdam), with Bachelor Photography students.
“Embarrassment is important.
If you’re not willing to humiliate yourself, make mistakes and downright fuck up, you should consider working in a cubicle farm. It’s safer there.
Because as a creative person, you’ll be called an idiot at least once a day.
Making mistakes and risking embarrassment, even failure, is how you make progress.
Without it, you’ll be stuck in the same old safe zone: not embarrassed, but not better either.
In other words: boring.
So if we want to do this thing we love – making stuff – we mustn’t be afraid of looking stupid.
In this workshop and exhibition I stretched the abilities of 2nd year ECAL Bachelor Photography students to the limit. By embarrassing themselves they are able to tell a personal, often awkward and risky story. This gives them an opportunity to explore an area of photography which they would probably not have dared to touch.” Erik Kessels