AES + F
AES+F GROUP incorporates PHOTOGRAPHY, animation, and VIDEO ART, AS WELL as TRADITIONAL mediums SUCH AS DRAWING, PAINTING AND SCULPTURE. 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.
AES+F have gained recognition for pioneering a new method of fine-art photography that they have termed animated sculpture. AES+F combine photography with video art and animation to create striking images that push the boundaries of what photography can achieve – both aesthetically and thematically.
AES+F style drives inspiration from cinema and pop CULTURE combined WITH THE CLASSICAL AESTHETIC OF OLD MASTERS’ PAINTINGS.
WHAT MAKES THEIR WORK RESONATE WITH THE VIEWER IS THAT AES+F PLACE A MAGNIFYING GLASS ON THE UNDERBELLY OF 21ST CENTURY SOCIETY.
AEs+f PRESENT A WORLD FOR THE VIEWERS THAT IS RATHER FAMILIAR YET MYSTERIOUS AND ALIENATED, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. We find ourselves hopeful for a better tomorrow. Where the divide between sex, race and culture are now obsolete. Where the notion of peace may seem possible. Rejecting the violent divide of our generation and believing in a unified tomorrow.
THEIR WORKS HAVE BEEN EXHIBITED AT NUMEROUS INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS namely, The Musem of Modern Art Moscow as well as being featured at THE VENICE BIENNALE
GIOVANNI BELLINI ALLEGORIA SACRA, (1490–1500), GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI
The "Allegoria Sacra” (SACRED ALLEGORY) serie was inspired by GIOVANNI BELLINI’S Painting HANGS IN THE UFFIZI IN FLORENCE. THE SUBJECT OF THIS PAINTING IS A MYSTERY TO ART HISTORIANS. THE EARLIEST FIGURES OF CHRISTIAN AND ANCIENT MYTHOLOGY ARE GATHERED TOGETHER ON A BALUSTRADE BY A SEA OR A WIDE RIVER, SURROUNDED BY HILLS ON WHICH CAN BE SEEN, IN THE DISTANCE, VILLAGE HUTS AND A PALAZZO. ST. SEBASTIAN, THE MADONNA, A CENTAUR, SMALL CHILDREN PLAYING BY A TREE IN THE CENTER, A SARACEN-MUSLIM, A MAN SOMEWHAT LIKE THE APOSTLE PAUL WITH A SWORD IN HIS HAND, IN THE BACKGROUND A PEASANT WITH A MULE, TWO BEAUTIFUL LADIES ONE OF WHOM IS ST. CATHERINE, A NAKED OLD MAN REMINISCENT OF JOB – THIS IS A FAR FROM A COMPLETE LIST OF THE HEROES WHO BELLINI BROUGHT TOGETHER IN THIS PICTURE.
ONE INTERPRETATION OF THIS PAINTING IS THAT IT SHOWED PURGATORY, WHERE THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS, OF VIRTUOUS PAGANS AND OF UNCHRISTENED CHILDREN AWAIT THEIR FATE – HEAVEN OR HELL.
AES+F, The Making of ‘Allegoria Sacra’