Foam 3h: Jakob Ganslmeier and Ana Zibelnik GIGA

In a series of video projects, the artistic duo Jakob Ganslmeier and Ana Zibelnik delves into the dangerous and intricate landscape of radicalization within the online realm and through social media channels.

About the exhibition

The exhibition displays the video projects Redpilled, Public Enlightenment and the artist duo’s latest project Bereitschaft (‘Readiness’), which will be premiering at Foam 3h. Each video work offers an in-depth exploration into the perilous undercurrents of cynical humor and the allure and rationalization of violence that come with the profound influence wielded by iconic meme personas such as Wojak and GigaChad. The video work, Bereitschaft (‘Readiness’), delves into contemporary TikTok trends that fervently advocate rigorous physical routines, simultaneously urging a return to an outdated ideal of masculinity. The exhibition's title, GIGA, is borrowed from its prevalent usage across social media platforms, embodying greatness and commanding respect.

With the exhibition GIGA, Foam not only aims to illustrate the complexities around the imagery on our social media, but also looks to contribute to the overall media literacy of its users. By fostering awareness regarding the incessant influx of images encountered and shared daily, the exhibition aims to elucidate how this phenomenon gradually allows radical propaganda to permeate and shape our worldview.

Redpilled video still, 2023 © Jakob Ganslmeier & Ana Zibelnik.

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About Jakob Ganslmeier and Ana Zibelnik

Jakob Ganslmeier (1990, München) is a photographer and visual artist based in The Netherlands. He has a master’s degree in Photography & Society from the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (The Hague). Ganslmeier’s focus lies on dissecting the visual representation of radical ideologies and providing an opposing narrative through an interactive artistic approach.

Ana Zibelnik (1995, Ljubljana) is a visual artist and photographer with a master's degree in Film and Photographic Studies from the University of Leiden. Her work delves into ecological crises, climate fear and the social implications of these. In 2022, Ganslmeier and Zibelnik joined forces to form a duo.

War Room from the Public Enlightenment series video still, 2023 © Jakob Ganslmeier & Ana Zibelnik.

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The art works Redpilled and Public Enlightenment are part of Houses of Darkness, a Paradox collaboration with three World War II memorial centres (Westerbork, Bergen-Belsen, Falstad) supported by Creative Europe and others (2021-2023). This project explored the notion of perpetrator perspectives in contemporary Nazi camp memorials.

GIGA – Jakob Ganslmeier and Ana Zibelnik is made in collaboration with Paradox.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of DLA Piper, Van Bijleveltstichting, Mondriaan Fonds and Fonds ZOZ.

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Foam 3h: Jakob Ganslmeier and Ana Zibelnik GIGA