Active since 1987, the Russian collective AES+F (Tatiana Arzamasova, 1955; Lev Evzovich, 1958; Evgeny Svyatsky, 1957 + Vladimir Fridkes, 1956, who joined the group in 1995) develops an open and prolific narrative universe, mixing classical reminiscences (mythological or religious allusions, references to western art from the Renaissance to the 18th century) and the aesthetic codes of today’s globalised world (video games, technology, fashion, cinema…). Since The Last Riot, a video presented at the Venice Biennale in 2007, their work has focused on carefully-orchestrated digital photographs and from which they create spectacular immersive videos, genuine animated contemporary frescoes.
This syncretic and artificial universe, still in direct contact with the present-day world, is also materialised in the form of digital paintings, sculptures and drawings that update the consecrated forms of art history. Structured around their two most recent videos, Allegoria Sacra (2011-2013) and Inverso Mundus (2015), the exhibition offers visitors a full-on display through its panorama of the last ten years of this baroque and multifaceted artistic output, including digital paintings, sculptures and installations from several other recent series.”
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