De Monsterkamer

Open Doors + special guest Organised by Philip Stroomberg en Justina Nekrašaitė This is a past event

Open doors + special guest: Erik Kessels

Every first Thursday of the month De Monsterkamer organises an Open Doors + special guest event. This time we have invited Erik Kessels, a Dutch artist, designer and curator with great interest in photography.

  • Date: 07/09/2017
  • Time: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Location: De Monsterkamer
  • Speaker: Erik Kessels
  • Organiser: Philip Stroomberg en Justina Nekrašaitė
  • Costs: Free

Erik Kessels is since 1996 Creative Director of the communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and he works for national and international clients. As an artist and photography curator Kessels has published over 50 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ images: Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), in almost every picture (2001-2015) and Wonder (2006). Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography.

For the DVD art project Loud & Clear he worked together with artists such as Marlene Dumas and Candice Breitz. Kessels writes regular editorials for numerous international magazines.
In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, in 2016 nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and is often seen as the most influential creative of The Netherlands.


  • 17:00 Drinks/exploring De Monsterkamer
  • 18:00 Presentation Erik Kessels
  • 18:30 Questions/discussion
  • 19:00 Drinks/exploring De Monsterkamer
  • 20:00 End

Erik Kessels (1966) is the co-founder and creative director of KesselsKramer, an international advertising agency with offices in Amsterdam, London and Los Angeles. The agency became world-famous with campaigns for Ben and the Hans Brinker Hotel. He prefers to touch people with sincere creativity, rather than presenting them with a make-believe world. In addition to his work in advertising, Kessels is a passionate collector of photographs, teacher of creativity, maker of books and an internationally-active artist. Kessels believes it is important to keep looking and to question what we see. People allow images to pass them by and no longer really look. Looking is something very different to consuming images.

As a curator, he has produced several long-running exhibitions that re-appropriate found, including the recent retrospective exhibition ‘Erik Kessels & Friends’.
At De Monsterkamer, Kessels will speak about his work as a designer and art-director, his personal projects and his ongoing fascination with the beauty in mistakes.

Erik Kessels (1966, Roermond) is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with a particular interest in photography, and creative director of KesselsKramer, an advertising agency in Amsterdam. Kessels and Johan Kramer established the “legendary and unorthodox” KesselsKramer in 1995, and KesselsKramer Publishing, their Amsterdam-based publishing house, both of which they continue to run Erik Kessel lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The lecture will be in English. You are welcome to join us for dinner afterwards at Studio/K at your own costs. Looking forward to seeing you 7th of September!

The activity program of De Monsterkamer is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.

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