About

Gigo Propaganda (b. 1979) is an artist as well as director & curator. In 2003, he founded Storp9, a center for culture and education which provides a wide range of culture activities to tens of thousands of members of the community and beyond. From 2005-2008 Gigo founded and ran Gigoleria, a non-profit art space which hosted exhibitions, performances, theatre plays and more. From 2010 to 2015 Gigo founded and ran the art space Muralistisches Zentrum (Mural Center). In 2012, Gigo initiated the world’s longest mural on 3.500m in Essen, Germany. Wände SüdOst invited 21 international artists and was almost entirely self-funded.

In his work, Gigo often addresses social issues such as the on-going refugee issue. He has an extensive history of working with schools, refugees and disabled people. His process is mostly participatory and collaborative, including other artists, schools, public institutions and the community, with performances in public and private spaces, street festivals, neighborhood walks and workshops.

Gigo has worked extensively in public space, both sharing his own works as well as starting an initiative for removing billboards with advertisement and painting the walls that were hidden prior to this. This project lasted for more than 10 years.

In the past years, Gigo has formed a public discourse, often starting public discussion mostly through his portrait works. He is also founder & editor of the magazine Headshot.

Gigo spends his time between Essen, Germany and Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EDUCATION

2007
– Degree as frame maker and gilder

2004
– Diploma in graphic design

EXHIBITIONS (SOLO)

2014
Kunstraum Notkirche, Essen, Germany – Mural Art | Ruhrgebiet Jetzt

2013
OKC Abrašević, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Onda Danas Onda

2010
Plakatwand der Artist Unlimited Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany, BalkanARTUrban Art from Essen – Strassenkunst

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (GROUP)

2016
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany – Touchdown. Eine Ausstellung mit und über Menschen mit Down-Syndrom (upcoming)

2015
– Heerlen, Netherlands – Heerlen Murals
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany – BundeskunstHALL OF FAME!
ZECHE1, Bochum, Germany – Lebst Du noch…?

2011
Forum Kunst & Architektur, Essen, Germany – Critical Mess – Zwischen Graffiti und zeitgenössischer Kunst
– Dortmund, Germany – Jugend checkt Leerstand
K29 – Ricarda Fox, Essen, Germany – Vorsicht Freiraum
kunstencentrum Signe, Heerlen, Netherlands – Lak aan Braak

2010
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany – Hacking the City
Peng, Mainz, Germany – Na und…?Ja gerne!
– Herne Bahnhof, Herne, Germany – Infusion #3
Kunstraum EN, Ennepetal, Germany

2009
Galerie Richter & Masset, Munich, Germany – The Pickart Festival

2006
– Bochum, Germany – Ruhrpuls

SCREENINGS

2016

Essener Filmkunsttheater, Essen, Germany – Video Rodeo Essen (upcoming)

2015

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany – BundeskunstHALL OF FAME!

2011

Dortmunder U, Dortmund, Germany – Jugend checkt Leerstand
– Dortmund, Germany – International Women Film Festival

INVITED TALKS

2016
Philharmonie Essen, Essen, Germany – Forum d’Avignon

2014
– Alhóndiga / Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain – CATALYSE, by Forum d’Avignon, Bilbao Metropoli 30 and the European Centre for Creative Economy (eCCe)

2013
PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany – Forum d’Avignon – Shake Hans – Europa 2020 – Kultur ist der Schlüssel
LehmbruckMuseum, Duisburg, Germany – plastikBAR / BAR jeder Architektur? „Graffiti – Sachbeschädigung oder Kunst?

2011
– Dortmund, Essen – Jugend checkt Leerstand, invited by Experimenteller Wohnungs- und Städtebau (ExWoSt)

2006
Philharmonie Essen, Essen, Germany – Essens Beste 2005

ART TEACHING

2014
– Beising Schule, Essen, Germany

2013-2014
Jugendhilfe Essen, Essen, Germany

2012
Marie-Curie-Realschule Holthausen, Essen, Germany
Victoria Gymnasium
Schule an der Heinickestraße, Essen, Germany

2011
– Sozialdienst Katholischer Frauen Essen E.V., Essen, Germany

2010
Realschule Essen-Überruhr, Essen, Germany

2009-2015
Storp9, Essen, Germany

COMMISSIONS / WORKSHOPS

2016
Zeche Carl, Essen, Germany – Circles of Life – Stage set in collaboration with youth refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Iraq and others. Commissioned by Anneliese-Brost Stiftung, Förderfonds Interkultur Ruhr, Youth Organization City Essen, Youth Support Essen, Work Group Youth

2015
College of Art, Essen, Germany – Abstract Art. Commissioned by City of Essen
College of Art, Essen, Germany – Figurative Art. Commissioned by City of Essen

2014
Franz Sales Haus, Essen, Germany – Mural painting on St. Barbara church in collaboration with disabled kids
Justus-von-Liebig-Schule Moers, Germany – Stage set
Consol Theater, Gelsenkirchen, Germany – Stage set

2011
– Dortmund, Essen – Jugend checkt Leerstand, invited by Experimenteller Wohnungs- und Städtebau (ExWoSt)

2010
Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany – Stage set
– Ennepetal main station, Ennepetal, Germany – Mural on entire station. Commissioned by City of Ennepetal

2009-2010
– Viehofer Platz, Essen, Germany – 1.200m2 mural in underground station in collaboration with students of five different schools. Commissioned by Essener Verkehrs-AG (EVAG)

PRESS

Sprayer Gigo kämpft gegen „architektonische Pestbeulen“
„Ein neuer, ärgerlicher Schandfleck“
Wandmalereien regen zum Dialog an
Propaganda und Bilder zum Glauben
Kunstprojekt sucht junge Mitstreiter

AWARDS

2013
– Wände SüdOst, Spillover Effect – From the European Centre for Creative Economy (eCCe)

2012
– NRW Preis, Kultur prägt! – NRW Kultusministerium

2006
– Voluntary Award – Essens Beste 2005 – From the City of Essen

1996
– First price at Essen short movie competition (Young artist video)

FAIRS

2012
Parallax Art Fair, London, United Kingdom

Interviews

LabKultur
West Allgemeine Zeitung
Deutsche Welle