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UNFINISHED FATHER - Erik Kessels


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 the iconic Fiat 500 or “Topolino”. Before his stroke, he had completed four such restorations and was working on a fifth, the half-finished carapace of which remains at his home.

With the Unifinished 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 destined to forever remain unfinished. Simultaneously, Topolino is the reverse of his father's philosophy in life: he was a man who didn't like to leave things unfinished, who saw them to their end.

While films and stories teach us that endings are neat (and often happy), the truth is that everything ends abruptly, more or less unfinished. No matter how carefully we plan and how precisely we those plans are executed, there is never a guarantee of reaching the desired conclusion. We can thus attempt to control our circumstances, but in the end they control us.



En 2014, le père d'Erik Kessels fut victime d'un AVC l'empêchant de parler ou bouger normalement.
Avant cela il était extrêmement actif. Entre autre passe temps, il se consacrait à la restauration de l'iconique Fiat 500 ("Topolino"). Il comptait 4 restaurations à son actif et travaillait sur un cinquième véhicule dont la carrosserie resta inachevée dans son Atelier.
Avec  Unfinished Father, Erik Kessels propose d'exposer la voiture en l'état, installée au milieu d'une série d'images faites par son père dans le but de documenter le travail de restauration. Ce faisant, l'artiste lui rend à la fois un hommage tout en retenu et met en scène l'ironie cruelle du destin. Alors que les films et les histoires nous enseignent que les fins sont toujours bien orchestrées (et même souvent heureuses) la vérité est toute autre. Quelque soit notre volonté de maitriser le cours des choses, la précaution que l'on emploi à planifier sa vie, la vérité semble dire l'artiste, est que tout se termine de façon brutale.
17X23cm
Soft cover
72 pages
31 photographs / 4 photographic stickers
ISBN 979-10-90306-38-7
Edition of 500 signed and numbered copies
Price : 30 €