Sholim Inspired by Tokyo Story

  • Dream no.6, 2017
    Courtesy of the artist


Introduced here are a number of GIF animations. The artist has made a name for himself as a creator of GIF animations on the Internet, while also functioning as a judge at a GIF contest in Japan.
The works appear like pieces of surrealist art, and each of them seems to contain some kind of social message. Their style resembles that of caricatures we know from newspapers, making fun of individuals with power, or pointing out all sorts of inconsistencies in the world.
The GIF movie format has existed since the dawning of the Internet itself. Most characteristic about GIFs is that they can be easily embedded on websites like still pictures, automatically start playing without pressing a "play" button, and can be looped. In recent years―the so-called post-Internet age that began with the infiltration of the Internet into our daily lives―the GIF format has come into the focus of attention once again, and there are numerous creators today who continue to produce works in the format of GIF animation.


  • Born 1985 in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Based in Belgrade, Serbia

Sholim uses the GIF image format, which allows animation and has been used since the early days of the internet, to create video loops of several seconds in which human faces and landscapes transform in strange ways. His work is published on social media, and the fantastic world of his creations, which he describes as "digital surrealism" has received high acclaim. Sholim has a strong belief in the artistic potential of the GIF format, which can be played on any mobile device around the world, and draws his inspiration from the overflowing creativity, capacity to disseminate information, and even stupidity, of the internet. The artist applies his own keen humor to a satirical look at various socio-political topics, such as religion, corporate culture, global economics, and mankind's reliance on technology.

Selected Works & Awards

2018 theGIFs Award of GIF creator 2018, SHIBUYA HUMAX CINEMA, Tokyo, Japan
2018 "NOISE" Digital Festival, Space Debris, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 ARTour Biennale 2015, Mons, Belgium
2015 First Look 2015, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, USA


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