AES+F
Group’s foundation, Russia 1987. Collective of four Russian artists: Tatiana Arzamasova (1955), Lev Evzovich (1958), Evgeny Svyatsky (1957), and Vladimir Fridkes (1956). First formed as AES Group in 1987, it became AES+F when Fridkes joined in 1995. AES+F's early work included performance, installation, painting, and illustration. AES+F’s recent work has developed at the intersection of photography, video and digital technologies, although it is nurtured by a persistent interest in more traditional media, sculpture especially followed by 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. AES+F achieved worldwide recognition and acclaim in the Russian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennal in 2007 with their provocative, other-worldly “Last Riot” (2007), the first in a trio of large-scale, multichannel video installations of striking originality that have come to define both the AES+F aesthetic and the cutting edge of the medium’s capacities. Their work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2010); Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2012); Helsinki Art Museum (HAM), Helsinki (2013); Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2017); Collateral Event of Manifesta 12, Teatro Massimo, Palermo (2018). aesf.art @aesplusf / #aesplusf Photo by Egor Zaika for Wallpaper 2012 [email protected] (070A3722)