From 18.09.2015 to 20.09.2015
Hall Stefan Kudelski, ECAL

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. HD pictures

“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.

That’s okay.

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

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf: The Embarrassment Show"

Hall Kudelski ECAL: "The Embarrassment Show"

Hall Kudelski ECAL: "The Embarrassment Show"

Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam: "The Embarrassment Show"

Photo ECAL/Elsa Guillet

Photo ECAL/Clément Lambelet

Photo ECAL/Imara Paterno'Castello

Photo ECAL/Tanya Kottler

Photo ECAL/Jules Moskovtchenko

Photo ECAL/Matheline Marmy