AES+F "Inverso Mundus" 2015
Selected prints from the video artwork
Still #1-02, pigment InkJet print on FineArt Baryta paper, 55.6x80 cm (21.9x31.5 in), mounted/framed size 75.6x100 cm (29.8x39.4 in), edition of 10, 6/10 $5100
Still #1-09 pigment InkJet print on FineArt Baryta paper, 32x57 cm (12.5x22.5 in), edition of 10 Price on request
Still #1-17, pigment InkJet print on FineArt Baryta paper, 48x80 cm (18.9x31.5 in), mounted/framed size 68x100 cm (26.8x39.4 in), edition of 10, 4/10 $4500
Other prints available
Also available - HD video installation (7, 3, and 1-channel versions, 38:20). Excerpt here. Contact us for information.
Engravings in the genre of "World Upside Down", known since the 16th century, depict such scenes as a pig gutting the butcher, a child punishing his teacher, a man carrying a donkey on his back, man and woman exchanging roles and dress, and a beggar in rags magnanimously bestowing alms on a rich man. These engravings contain demons, chimeras, fish flying through the sky and death itself, variously with a scythe or in the mask of a plague doctor.
The title of the work, Inverso – both an Italian "reverse, the opposite" and the Old Italian "poetry," and Mundus – the Latin "world," hints at a reinterpretation of reality, a poetic vision. In our interpretation, the absurdist scenes from the medieval carnival appear as episodes of contemporary life in a multichannel video installation. Characters act out scenes of absurd social utopias and exchange masks, morphing from beggars to rich men, from policemen to thieves. Metrosexual street-cleaners are showering the city with refuse. Female inquisitors torture men on IKEA-style structures. Children and seniors are fighting in a kickboxing match. Inverso Mundus is a world where chimeras are pets and the Apocalypse is entertainment.
AES+F is a collective of four Russian artists: Tatiana Arzamasova (1955), Lev Evzovich (1958), Evgeny Svyatsky (1957), and Vladimir Fridkes(1956). It was first formed as AES Group in 1987 by Arzamasova, Evzovich,and Svyatsky, becoming AES+F when Fridkes joined in 1995. The collective works in photography, video, installation, and animation, as well as more traditional media, such as painting, drawing, and sculpture. AES+F's early work included performance, installation, painting, and illustration. Well known for their monumental video-art installations that Gareth Harris describes as "monumental painting set in motion", AES+F create grand visual narratives that explore contemporary global values, vices and conflicts.
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