Leo Gabin at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

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Artist: Leo Gabin (Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem and Robin De Vooght)

Exhibition title:  A Crackup at the Race Riots

Venue: Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium

Date: October 18, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Peres Projects, Berlin and Elizabeth Dee, New York

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.

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A Crackup, film-still, 01

Leo Gabin, A Crackup at the Race Riots, 2015 (still from film)

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Leo Gabin, A Crackup at the Race Riots, 2015 (still from film)

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Leo Gabin, A Crackup at the Race Riots, 2015 (still from film)

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Leo Gabin, A Crackup at the Race Riots, 2015 (still from film)

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Leo Gabin, A Crackup at the Race Riots, 2015 (still from film)

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