Personality Before Portfolio by Erik Kessels

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Creatives are very good in the works they make, but often lack the ability to communicate about them and themselves as artists. In this intense online workshop/class, Erik Kessels will push the participants to communicate more clearly about themselves and improve their personality in their work. Being the author or the promoter of your work are two completely different skills.
Over a period of 4 online meetings*, Erik Kessels will prepare the participants for their possibilities and obstructions they will face in their professional career in the field. Participants work on several small briefs to get more known to this facet of their discipline.


Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, curator and communication designer,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, Vitra, Citizen M, I amsterdam and The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel. Kessels has won many international awards with his communication work.


As an artist and curator Kessels has published over 75 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ images: Wonder (2003), in almost every picture (2001-2019), Shit (2018) and Read Naked (2019). Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography and has written the international bestseller Failed It!


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 Vogue (Italia).




*4 Online Sessions:
Saturday, 13th: 2pm – 6pm
Sunday, 14th: 2pm – 6pm
Saturday, 20th: 2pm – 6pm
Sunday, 21th: 2pm – 6pm