19 – Erik Kessels

Netherlands (1966)

Muddy Dance

The atypical Dutch artist Erik Kessels is known for his passion for anonymous images, found at flea markets or on the internet, which he then assembles in often absurd publications or thematic exhibitions. After notable projects at Festival Images Vevey in 2014 and 2018, this year Erik Kessels has created an unconventional life-size football match on the former orchard in La Tour-de-Peilz. He selected 22 black-and-white images from British sports archives to represent two teams of players and arranged them on this slightly sloping piece of land. He erased the ball in each shot, thus transforming them into casual choreographies.

Kessels’ Muddy Dance brings the beauty of footballers’ movements to the fore and turns this popular sport into a veritable art form.