snap+share: transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks, 2019 (installation view, SFMOMA); photo: © Matthew Millman Photography
Artist Talk, Free, Talks

Erik Kessels: Storytelling with Vernacular Photography


We regret to inform you that this event, originally scheduled for Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m., has been canceled due to the artist being ill. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Join Erik Kessels, whose immersive installation 24HRS in Photos is featured in the exhibition snap+share, for a discussion on his artistic, curatorial, and publishing practices. In his twenty-year career, Kessels has made inventive contributions to the field of found photography; in his practice, photography is a ready-made element to be sampled and re-contextualized. During this talk, introduced by Senior Curator of Photography Clément Chéroux, Kessels will reflect on working with appropriated images, the proliferation of images in contemporary society, and different ways of looking at the countless images we experience today.

To create the piece 24HRS in Photos, Kessels printed pictures uploaded to Flickr within a twenty-four-hour period to display in mountainous piles — making physical the intangible flood of images on the internet and the feeling of drowning in that mass. Find this installation at SFMOMA, currently on view on Floor 3 as part of the exhibition snap+share.