Where does the name Leo Gabin come from?
It’s a mixture of our first names, a kind of anagram. Leo Gabin came out as the most realistic sounding name.
Why did you create this collective rather than staying in an individual practice and how did it happen?
We’ve known each other since the mid-90s, we just hung out as friends, nobody had an individual practice. Later we all studied graphic design and shared an interest in screen printing, so one day we set up our own cheap installation and the ‘shared practice’ started from there on.
Did one of you keep a personal practice? What is the limit between your individualities and the collective?
Within the group there is plenty of space to explore and present our personal input.
We guess we’ll always keep drawing inspiration from online content, but shooting our own footage was something which felt right at that time. No Panic Baby is made partially from found and original recordings. A next film might solely contain own material, but for all we know it could again be exclusively found, or only a soundtrack, maybe a soap only viewable on IG stories, ... there is no limiting ourselves to the way we work.
Do you have a new project you are working on and that you want to share?
At the moment we are working on a new publication relating to our ‘Real Estate’ project. It will be released this summer together with an edition (sculpture) we made in collaboration with artlead.net. In June we’ll present an installation at the Biënnale van België and in September there will be an exhibition of new work at The Journal Gallery in NYC.