Symposium Beijing / 30.05 – 01.06. 2014 / CAFA Art Museum
Day 1: ON THE DIFFERENCES OF COLLECTIVE PRACTICE
AES+F achieved worldwide recognition and acclaim in the Russian Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale with their provocative, otherworldly Last Riot (2007), the first in a trio of large-scale, multi-channel video-installations of striking originality that have come to define both the AES+F aesthetic and the cutting edge of the medium’s capacities. The second of the series, The Feast of Trimalchio (2009), appeared in Venice in 2009, and the third, Allegoria Sacra (2011), debuted at the 4th Moscow Biennial in 2011. United as The Trilogy, this tour-de-force series is most recently presented at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and Moscow Manege, the Central Exhibition Hall of the artists’ home city (both September 2012). AES+F got the main award of Kandinsky Prize 2012 for the project Allegoria Sacra.
AES Group was originally formed in 1987 by conceptual architects Tatiana Arzamasova and Lev Evzovich and multi-disciplinary designer Evgeny Svyatsky. Exhibiting abroad since 1989, the group expanded its personnel and name with the addition of photographer Vladimir Fridkes in 1995. AES+F’s recent work develops at the intersection of photography, video, and digital technologies, although it is nurtured by a persistent interest in more traditional media – sculpture especially, but also painting, drawing, and architecture. Deploying a sophisticated, poetic dialogue among these media, and plumbing the depths of art history and other cultural canons, AES+F’s grand visual narratives explore the values, vices, and conflicts of contemporary culture in the global sphere.
For more than a decade, works by AES+F have been showcased in signature festivals and biennial exhibitions of contemporary art around the world, including – in addition to Moscow and Venice – those of Adelaide, Gwangju, Havana, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev, Lille, Lyon, Melbourne, St-Moritz, Sydney, Taipei, Tirana, and Toronto. Their work has also been featured in influential events devoted to new media – such as ARS Electronica (Linz), Mediacity Seoul, and Video Zone (Tel Aviv) – and photography – such as FotoFest (Houston), Les Rencontres d’Arles, and Moscow’s Photo Biennial.
By now the subject of almost 100 solo exhibitions at museums, exhibition spaces, and commercial galleries worldwide, AES+F works have been shown in such prestigious venues as the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Casino Luxembourg, Kiasma (Helsinki), the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Tate Britain (London), Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva, various UK venues), the Passage De Retz (Paris), the Vanhaerents Art Collection (Brussels), MACRO Future (Rome), the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), and many others. Among the important European institutions collecting their works are the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the Sammlung Goetz (Munich), the Neue Galerie Graz, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Their works are also found in the foremost collections of Russia, including the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), and The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg).