Unfinished Father (*signed*)

@ Kessels, Erik



Publisher's presentation:

"In 2014, Erik Kessels' father suffered a stroke and has since been barely able to speak or move.

Prior to this, he was extremely active. His projects included restoring examples of that Italian icon: the Fiat 500 (or «Topolino».) Before his stroke, he'd completed four such restorations and was working on a fifth, the half-finished carapace of which remains at his home.

With the Unfinished Father project Erik Kessels plans to transport this last Topolino to Reggio Emilia and show it alongside the images his father made to document his restoration. For the artist, this work is about a man who — like his vehicle — will never be complete, but remain unfinished. While films and stories teach us that endings are neat (and often happy), the truth is that everything ends abruptly, more or less half- done. No matter how carefully we plan and how precisely we execute those plans, there is no guarantee that they will reach our hoped for conclusion.

Similarly, the unfinished Topolino is the reverse of his father's situation in life: he was a man who didn't like to leave things undone, who saw them to their end. We can attempt to control our circumstances, but in the end they control us."

72 pages - Softcover

RVB Books, 2015


New - Mint condition

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Kessels, Erik

Portrait taken from the website of Mois de la Photo in Montréal : " As an exhibition curator, editor, collector, graphic designer, advertising manager, and artist, Erik Kessels exemplifies the versatile creator of the digital age who engages in the full range of creative activities. Kessels pays close attention to the popular and trivial forms of photography (family albums, commercial documentation, pornography ads, etc.) which would normally be rejected by canon-defining museums and institutions. Kessels sifts and recycles cast-off materials, like a waste-picker in search of overlooked treasures. The photographs thus recovered, displaced from their original function in a Duchampian gesture, reveal, through their new mise en valeur, an unexpected aesthetic and programmatic background that points toward an ecology of the image. " Among his photobooks, one of the most famous project is "In Almost Every Picture", a series of publications each with a unique subject, self-published through KesselKramer: issue number 17 was published in 2021. Also, Erik Kessels is engaged in a long-term collaboration with French publisher RVB Books : "Album Beauty" (2012), "Mother Nature" (2014), "Unfinished Father" (2015), "Shit" (2018) and "Muddy Dance" (2021).
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