06.06.2019 – 30.08.2019
National Museum of Fine Arts
of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan
National Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan with the help of Triumph Gallery (Moscow) presents the "Inverso Mundus" exhibition of the AES+F artists (Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatski, Vladimir Fridkes). Video project AES+F "Inverso Mundus" was first demonstrated at the Venice Biennale in 2015. The show was implemented with the support of Blavatnik Family Foundation, Faena Art Centre, and Triumph Gallery. The project will feature a three-channel video installation "Inverso Mundus", as well as twelve illusionistic digital prints, a large-scale "Inquisition" panorama, and four objects of "instruments of torture".
Back in the sixteenth century, stories in paintings and engravings dedicated to the theme of the "Upsidedown World" were popular, representing a particular joke, irony, ridiculing the absurdities of the world. They demonstrated scenes where a pig refreshes a butcher, a child punishes his teacher, a man carries a donkey on his shoulders, etc. These engravings included images of chimeras, demons, fish flying across the sky and, essentially, death.
In the interpretations of AES+F, absurd scenes of a medieval carnival look like episodes of modern life in a multi-channel video installation. The characters act out scenes of absurd social utopias and change masks, transforming from poor to rich, from policemen to thieves. Metrosexual street cleaners dump the city with waste. Female inquisitors torture men at IKEA styled objects. Children and the elderly participate in a kickboxing match. Complex characters exist and act in the decorations of city outskirts, in the boudoir of a palace, in a corporate meeting room on the top floor of a skyscraper, on the streets of a big city. Inverso Mundus is a world where chimeras are pets, and the Apocalypse is entertainment.