Meme Wars
Aymeric Mansoux & Florian Cramer

Before the 2016 American presidential elections, the subculture now known as the “Alt-Right” waged an image meme propaganda war in support of Donald Trump and white nationalist politics. Most memes were created on the “/pol/” (“politically incorrect”) boards of the anonymous forums 4chan and 8chan and from there spread into more mainstream social media such as Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Next to “/pol/”, 8chan host the antidote board “/leftypol/”. In early 2017, Aymeric Mansoux programmed a website that automatically downloads and juxtaposes the last two images posted on “/leftypol/” and “/pol/” respectively. On 21st March 2017, Florian Cramer observed the website and captured the 100 most striking combinations as screenshots and of these coincidental juxtapositions and condensed them into this selection of 50.