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New Format: .ftlbr #01 – The Embarrassment Show

20th November 2015 to 10th January 2016

Presse release (PDF)

The artistic possibilities contained in embarrassment are shown in an exhibition by Erik Kessels and students from ECAL/University of Art and Design, Lausanne, from the 20th of November 2015 to the 10th of January 2016.

“It’s okay to embarrass yourself” says Erik Kessels, artist, curator of The Embarrassment Show as well as lecturer and artistic director of the international advertising agency Kesselskramer. Even more: He recommends embarrassing ourselves. “Without it we will remain in our old comfort zone – we won’t be embarrassed, but we also won’t improve. In other words: we remain boring.”

For a workshop, Erik Kessels made photography students from ECAL/University of Art and Design, Lausanne, explore their personal limits. “Because they embarrass themselves, they are often able to share personal and often touchy and risky stories. It makes them creative”, according to Kessel’s approach. It enables prospective artists to re-discover photography. “And they get to a level of photography that they would not have reached without embarrassing themselves.”

The results of this process will be on show at the “ftlbr #01 – The Embarrassment Show”, at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf from the 20th of November 2015 to the 10th of January 2016. This “Ego Downsizing” forms a deliberate contrast to the “Ego Boosting” which stands at the centre of the current exhibition EGO UPDATE. The Future of Digital Identity, which will be on until the 17th of January. The entry to both exhibitions is 6 Euros (3,50 for concessions and 1 Euro for children and young people up to the age of 17).

New exhibition format .ftlbr

The new format is the photo lab of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. A host of exhibitions on the upper floor which thematise the future of photography as a medium. We will present young, brave and new photographic angles – sometimes experimental, unconventional and always unusual. The visual appearance for this new series was designed by the creative team from Drasdos, Düsseldorf.


It is permissible to use at no charge the pictorial material listed for topic-oriented reporting (in print- and online-media as well as via social-media channels) and with inclusion of the indicated photo credit. The exemption from utilization fees expires six weeks after the end of the exhibition. In the case of an article or reprint, we would be pleased to receive a copy at or NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Pressestelle, Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf. Thank you.

Partners Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf Otto Beisheim Stiftung Hoffmann Liebs Max Brown Midtown CCS