Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow in association with Triumph Gallery are proud to present a new project Inverso Mundus (The World Upside Down) by AES+F, generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. So, AES+F create their works at the intersection of photography, video and digital technologies. At the same time they constantly address traditional painting and sculpture. With their strong visual narratives, AES+F explore the values and conflicts of contemporary global culture.
The series of historical engravings Inverso Mundus (The World Upside Down) depicts a pig gutting the butcher, a child punishing his teacher, a man carrying a donkey on his back, men and women exchanging roles and costumes, and a beggar in rags majestically giving alms to a rich man. In these engravings there are demons, chimeras, as well as fish is flying through the sky, and the death itself, variously with a scythe or behind the mask of Doctor Plague. In the artists’ interpretation of Inverso Mundus, absurd scenes from the historical carnival appear as episodes of modern life in a multichannel video installation. Characters are acting out scenes of absurd social utopias, changing their masks, morphing from beggars to rich men, from policemen to thieves. Metrosexual cleaners shower the city with debris. Female inquisitors torture men on IKEA-style structures. Children and seniors are locked in a kickboxing match. Inverso Mundus is a world where chimeras are pets and the Apocalypse is an entertainment.