Photographer and artist Erik Kessels has apologized after having been accused of misogyny by the art community after a new exhibition of his work was launched on Wednesday. Entitled “Destroy My Face,” the work invites skateboarders to destroy the faces of women who have undergone plastic surgery.
An open letter penned by fifteen artists and arts organizations garnered support on social media following the launch of Kessels’ exhibition. The work, commissioned by BredaPhoto festival, is currently being hosted at a skatepark in Breda, Netherlands and features computer-generated images of what appear to be women who have undergone plastic surgery printed onto the floor. Skaters were then invited to skate on the faces and slowly destroy them.