AES+F is a group of four Russian artists.
The group was formed in 1987 as AES by three artists: Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich and Evgeny Svyatsky.
Photographer Vladimir Fridkes joined the group in 1995, and the name of the group changed to AES+F. The collective lives and works in Moscow.
AES+F has been exploring the possibilities of combining modern technology, Hollywood cinema, fashion photography, advertising, mass media, popular culture and youth obsession with the classical aesthetic of old masters’ paintings since the forming of the group in 1987, visualising and presenting a world for the viewers that is rather familiar yet mysterious and alienated. Their digital collage of real life photographs and animated landscape/objects blurs and defies the line between reality and fantasy, history and time, constructing a futuristic mythological metaphor for the present through their glamorous, seductive yet alarming, artificially hyper-realistic imageries.
AES+F group focuses on photography, photo- and computer-based art, and video art, as well as using other traditional media such as drawing, painting and sculpture. Their works have been exhibited at numerous international exhibitions: (namely the biennales of Venice, Lyon, Sydney, Gwangju, Moscow, Gothenburg, Havana, Tirana, Istanbul, Bratislava, Seoul etc.), ARS-06 (KIASMA, Helsinki).
Their works appear in the collections of some principal Russian national museums including The State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), The State Russian Museum (St.-Petersburg), Multimedia Art Center (Moscow).
SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
«CLICK, I HOPE», 52nd Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russian Pavilion, Jardini, Venice, Italy.
«MUTATIONS I», Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia. «AES+F. LAST RIOT 2»,
‘MUTATIONS 1’, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg.
FOTOFEST 2006 - The Earth / Artists Responding to Violence, The Eleventh International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, Fotofest, Houston, USA.
4th TIRANA BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Tirana Biennale3 - Sweet Taboos / (Episodes 5),
‘STARZ’, special project on 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia.
International Month of Photography in Moscow. Photobiennial-2004’,
Museum of Modern Art, Moscow,
Moscow House of Photography, Russia.
‘Biennale of Sydney’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
‘VEIL’. Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), The Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England. ‘Neue Ansätze / Zeitgenõssische Kunst aus Moscau’, Düsseldorf Kunsthalle, Germany. ‘Detente: Russian Contemporary Art In Video Format’, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, USA.