2011 Foam Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 Kunsthalle Kiele, Germany
2013 Contact Gallery Toronto, Canada
2013 Les Rencontres d’Arles Arles, France
FOAM AMSTERDAM asked the question “What is the Future of Photography?” Worked with the curator, Erik Kessels, to develop the idea and work out a proposal that was accepted and exhibited. The concept was to over exaggerate the wealth of images that seem to multiply everyday on the Internet.
The challenges was to develop a way to collect images over a short period of time and fill three rooms with images given a limited budget. Additional responsibilities included writing copy for the exhibition, handling installation logistics and guiding PR.
2006 Centraal Museum, Netherlands
2006 Goethe Institute, Netherlands
2007 Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland
2007 Rencontres d’Arles, France
2008 Aperture Gallery New York, USA
Loving Your Pictures is an exhibition of various series of vernacular / found photography collected by Erik Kessels. The exhibition is the initiative of the Centraal Museum based on books by Erik Kessels. However, when the museum approached us, they simply wanted to print, frame and display the images. We felt it was important to step away from the format of the book and find the right installation for each series based on the subject. For example, the collection of blogs was displayed on light boxes to assimilate how you view blogs. The German models were presented in the same proportions as the subjects and arranged in a uniform fashion, and the deer were projected in a dark room sporadically, not unlike how they were originally captured. The strength of the individual series lies in that, together or apart, they still remain strong.
2012 KK Outlet London, United Kingdom
Initiated and curated Info-graphic exhibition related to the 2012 Presidential election. Europeans often see the United States as New York and San Francisco with little in the middle. Wanted to give outsiders a better understanding of the issues in relationship to the geography. The data was collected specifically for the exhibition by students at MIT and distributed to different artists and academics who work in the field of info-graphics. Academics from Harvard and MIT participated as well as studios and artists from the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. Subjects of the American divide included gun control, heath insurance, religion and the electoral college as well as mapping twitter feeds during debates and population trends and redistricting. Show was very successful, and PR was picked up quickly as media outlets appreciated a twist to the Obama/ Romney discussions already at hand. Opening took place on election night.
2010 Nederlands Uitvaart Museum
January Trace Elements, Seiichi Furuya
June Funeral Train, Paul Fusco
Oct Bedrooms of the Fallen, Gilbertson
TOT ZOVER is located in a famous cemetery in Amsterdam and holds a permanent collection of artifacts relating to death and funerals. DE GANG is a space within the museum that exhibits contemporary photography dealing with death. Helped write the grant for funding 2010’s exhibitions with the Director and colleague who initiated DE GANG.
Personally invited the photographers with the exception of Paul Fusco whom I dealt with through Magnum Photos. Handled everything from the budget to the installation to PR and the opening events. For Bedrooms of the Fallen, Ashley Gilbertson had never exhibited his work, nor was he interested at that time. Convinced him to share his work as well as create new work specific to the Netherlands.
Over the course of the 3 exhibitions, DE GANG gained momentum, and with every exhibition, it received more and more press. The NRC and Volkskrant listed the museum as one of the top museums of 2010.
2010 New York Photo Festival, USA
One of four exhibitions at the 2010 New York Photo Festival, USE ME, ABUSE ME was curated by Erik Kessels and dealt with artists who use everyday photographs to create works. Worked with the curator throughout the entire process, from concept to installation to the opening event. Fifteen artists from nine countries were invited to participate. Daily contact with all the artists while determining what work we would use, how to install the photos and the logistics in transporting to NYC. During the process applied for two grants, both of which USE ME, ABUSE ME successfully received. They amounted to over €30,000 which covered the artists’ travel cost, the shipping expenses and the publication of the catalogue.
2014 Vevey Le Festival Images, Switzerland
FlickR account that was spotted for In Almost Every Picture. Contacted reluctant photographer and after multiple attempts finally convinced him to publish #11 in the series. Collected and helped edit content for book. Substantially assisted Erik Kessels in turning Fred and Valerie’s images into an outdoor installation in Vevey, Switzerland.
2012 Foam Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013 Format Festival Derby, UK
2013 Les Rencontres d’Arles Arles, France
Exhibition from Erik Kessels of his collection of vernacular photography. Worked out concept with curator and wrote a proposal for exhibition that was accepted. The subject was quite close to me, having worked a number of years with Kessels on his collected albums and the idea of these legacies disposed of at garage sales and flea markets. Found funding to curb production costs. Also initiated a catalogue with an outside publisher.
2008 Venice Architectural Biennale, Italy
S1ngletown is based on a statistic: in 2026 a third of the world’s population will be living on their own. The project was a combined effort of the Dutch design company DROOG and KesselsKramer to explore lifestyle products according to this statistic of increased single living in the future. The challenge of this exhibition was to make products relevant but also interesting for an “architectural” event. S1NGLETOWN was an abstract interpretation of a new kind of urban space, where visitors could walk its streets and interact with the products. General complications included working with three parties to maintain one vision and prioritizing given the limited budget and resources available in Venice.
2001 Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2002 Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Pictures of the Surface of the Earth was a retrospective of Wim Wenders’ photography. Edited images from over 30 years of work, most of which had never been exhibited let alone printed. Narrowed work to a selection of 100 images, at which point the curator Heiner Bastian stepped in to edit the remaining 50 images. The show was successful and has traveled ever since the opening at the Guggenheim.
2006 Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2009 James Hockey & Foyer Galleries UCA Farnham, UK
2010 Carriage Works Sydney, Australia
2011 Graphic Design Worlds, Triennale di Milano, Italy
2012 KK Los Angeles, United States
2013 Good Design Festival Beijing, China
KK Outlet was initially exhibited as a retrospective of 10 years of KesselsKramer. The show was well received and subsequently has traveled to three international institutions. The challenge of this show was updating the work to make it current (KesselsKramer has been operating 16 years) as well as making it relevant for the particular venue and adjusting the design for the space and the budget. In Farnham, the exhibition was held at a university, so we thought it was important to tie the show to the curriculum and organized a series of five lectures featuring ten speakers from different disciplines. In Italy, the exhibition was part of a larger show about Graphic Design, so we made the space into a visual playground highlighting the common link of graphic design. And in Australia, we were limited to what was possible to ship but at the same time had a massive venue to fill, so we optimized the outdoor visuals and turned the large hall into a maze of posters.