This autumn the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens presents the first feature film by the Belgian artist trio Leo Gabin: A crackup at the Race Riots. The film is an adaptation of the eponymous experimental novel of the famous American screenwriter, director and artist Harmony Korine.
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.
( Leo Gabin is an artist trio, consisting of Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem and Robin De Vooght. They work together since 2000. )
All images copyright and courtesy of the artists, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Peres Projects, Berlin and Elizabeth Dee, New York.
Leo Gabin - A Crackup at the Race Riots
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, October 18 - January 10