Leo Gabin, ‘A Crackup at the Race Riots’, 2015, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Leo Gabin, ‘A Crackup at the Race Riots’, 2015, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Leo Gabin, ‘A Crackup at the Race Riots’, 2015, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Leo Gabin, ‘A Crackup at the Race Riots’, 2015, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Leo Gabin, ‘A Crackup at the Race Riots’, 2015, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

For this film the artists of Leo Gabin made sole use of amateur films they found on the Internet. Amongst others we see scantily clad teenage girls dancing in front of the webcam, pimped Cadillac cars, but also images of streets in American suburbs with palm trees, shopping malls and typical bungalow houses. The film is at first sight a collage of banal images which together form an alienating entity. A clear narrative or message cannot be instantly discovered in the film, it is rather an experimental scan of what reality and fiction still mean today.

About Leo Gabin

Artist collective Leo Gabin (consisting of Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem, and Robin De Vooght) redefines the tradition of found-object art by harvesting and recycling digital content into new configurations. Working across video, digital media, drawing, print, painting, and sculpture, they fashion their work directly from the internet’s unending proliferation of social networking content and images of celebrities, sex, and violence, often physically incorporating printed or downloaded content into their practice. The group are perhaps best known for their satirical video montages and frenzied, calligraphic, partially collaged abstract paintings, the latter revealing the influence of street art.

Belgian, Established 2000, Ghent, Belgium, based in Ghent, Belgium