24HRS in Photos responds to the ongoing and ubiquitous overload of images, exploring our evolving relationship with photography during a globalised, hypermediated era in contemporary society. Erik Kessels forces the viewer to confront a physical representation of 350,000 thousand printed images downloaded from a single twenty-four-hour period.
Kessels presents us with a sea of images intended to visualise the feeling of drowning in representations of others’ experiences – depicting the sheer weight of our current visual output. 24HRS in Photos questions the ongoing tension inherent within photography between the public and the private, interrogating the ways in which image-sharing sites like Flickr, Facebook and Instagram openly publicise the personal. Viewers firstly encounter the monumental flood of printed images, as the experience soon becomes more intimate when one starts to look through the individual photographs.
Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with great interest in photography. Since 1996, Kessels is Creative Partner of communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and London. As an artist and curator Kessels has published over 75 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ images and has written the international bestseller Failed It! Kessels made and curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures, Mother Nature, 24HRS in Photos, Album Beauty, Unfinished Father and GroupShow. His mid-career retrospective was shown in Turin, Düsseldorf, Budapest and he exhibited this year in the SFMOMA.
For the first time, Ballarat International Foto Biennale tickets are available for a single Day Pass or, for the complete experience, purchase a new 3-Day Pass for multiple entries to the Biennale’s core exhibitions in various venues during the festival. All Festival Passes include a single timed visit to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Erik Kessels [NLD]~24HRS in Photos
- Erik Kessels
August 28, 2021 - October 24, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm