Today Kessels' work is more relevant than ever. We are flooded with images through social media, and we absorb them often even without noticing. “ We consume photos but we hardly look at them anymore.” And they all look the same: perfect. “Through 3d printing and computing we can make things perfect. There is increasingly less space for imperfection. We even need to use technology to make things imperfect - we've got apps to give our perfect photos some authenticity, to make them less perfect and thus more interesting. We look for perfection in everything." And this search for perfection and the impact of social media have given us uniformity as a side effect. "Teenage girls Facebook profiles look all the same, just as any safari image is presented in the same way, and anyone who wants to be unrecognizable on his profile photo creates a picture with the flash in the mirror. Everyone copies each other, and there is no criticism.” All these similar images cultivate the need for perfection – check any Instagram feed. "I think perfection is not a start but rather an end-point. Instagram is just like the front yard of a house, the perfect life as we like to present it to passers-by, while our backyard is often an incredible mess. But it’s there we feel free, it’s there we feel comfortable to hang around in our shorts, and it’s there that we create. By making mistakes in our backyard, we start looking at things differently, we get new ideas. Today people often no longer go to their backyards because through technology they can make everything in their front yard. At least, that is what they think.” Kessels made a book about the imperfection he cherishes so much: Failed It! “And then I saw all similar Instagram pictures of that book next to a cappuccino, bizarre to see but funny also."
Kessels has also involved some friends in his exhibition. "Filling 2000 m2 solely with my own work might be a bit painful, so I invited five people whose work I really admire. They’ve made interventions in my exhibition, they give a reaction, laughing at what they see. I really invited them as invaders." The exhibition encourages laughing and crying at the same time. There is a lot of humour in it, but also some personal sorrow. Like the video about Kessels’ younger sister who died in a car accident. It made him grow up carrying memories, which undoubtedly laid the foundation for the photography collection he shares with us in this exhibition.