AES+F is a group of four Russian artists: Tatiana Arzamasova (1955), Lev Evzovich (1958), Evgeny Svyatsky (1957), and Vladimir Fridkes (1956). 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 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), as well as other European collections including Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Musée de l'Elysée (Lausanne), MOCAK (Kraków), Sammlung Goetz (Munich) and Center Pompidou (Paris).
The group's video "Last Riot," shown at the 2007 Venice Biennale, depicts an imagined future digitally manipulated where snow-capped mountains sit next to desolate beaches, neon dragons rest atop oil platforms, planes collide without flames, and a band of attractive teens enact violence on one another without consequence.
Their 2009 work "The Feast of Trimalchio" featured at the 17th Sydney Biennale. The description of the video can be found here. In 2011 AES+F presented a new project «Allegoria Sacra» (a third part of trilogy started by «Last Riot») in Multimedia Art Museum Moscow as a special project of 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. In 2012 «The Liminal Space Trilogy» was presented simultaneously in Central Exhibition Hall Manege, Moscow and in Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Then later Trilogy was shown in Kichik-QalArt Gallery in Baku, Azerbaijan, Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in Musée de Beaux Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
- ISTANBUL BIENNALE, Istanbul, Turkey.
- GOTHENBURG BIENNALE, Roda Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden.
- «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», The Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, UK.
- «AES & AES+F. Retrospective», The State Russian Museum, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
- «AES+F. KING OF THE FOREST», IMA - Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.
- ‘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.
- ‘ARS 06', Kiasma Nykytaiteen musee (Museum of Contemporary Art), Helsinki, Finland.
- 4th TIRANA BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Tirana Albania.
- Biennale3 - Sweet Taboos / (Episodes 5), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tirana, Albania.
- ‘MIXED-UP CHILDHOOD’, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
- ‘STARZ’, special project on 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia.
- ‘ART LIVE 4’, FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI CONTAMINAZIONI, FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO, TORINO, ITALY.
- ‘VEIL’. INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL VISUAL ARTS (INIVA), KULTURHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN.
- ‘5TH 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.
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