• Yuri Albert
  • Nikita Alexeev
  • Yuri Avvakumov
  • Konstantin Batynkov
  • Alexei Politov and Marina Belova
  • Alexander Brodsky
  • Alexei Buldakov
  • Olga Chernysheva
  • Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov
  • Andrei Filippov
  • Dmitri Gutov
  • AES+F Group
  • Alexei Kostroma
  • Julia Milner
  • MishMash project (Misha Leikin & Masha Sumnina)
  • Andrei Molodkin
  • Nikolai Polissky
  • Alexander Ponomarev
  • Sergei Shutov
  • Haim Sokol
  • Vladimir Tarasov
  • Rostan Tavasiev
  • Leonid Tishkov
Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, 
Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes  
Defile, 2000 – 2007 
Digital collages on light boxes 
205 x 106 x 20 cm 
Courtesy of the artists and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, 
Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes  
Defile, 2000 – 2007 
Digital collages on light boxes 
205 x 106 x 20 cm 
Courtesy of the artists and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, 
Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes  
Defile, 2000 – 2007 
Digital collages on light boxes 
205 x 106 x 20 cm 
Courtesy of the artists and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, 
Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes  
Defile, 2000 – 2007 
Digital collages on light boxes 
205 x 106 x 20 cm 
Courtesy of the artists and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich,
Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes
Defile, 2000 – 2007
Digital collages on light boxes
205 x 106 x 20 cm
Courtesy of the artists and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

AES+F Group

About works

The work “Defile” of the AES+F Group is inspired by the religious philosophy and futurological ideas of Nikolai Feodorov (1829–1903), who was one of the founders of Russian Cosmism. Leo Tolstoy and Feodor Dostoevski considered Nikolai Feodorov to be an ingenious Russian thinker. One of his central concepts was the idea of the physical resurrection of human beings.
Feodorov believed that the joined efforts of art, religion and science are able to make his dream come true. He was one of the teachers of Tsiolkovski, founder of cosmonautics. For a whole decade Feodorov regularly met Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Soloviov (another major Russian religious philosopher). His ideas strongly influenced Dostoevski’s oeuvre.
A very important element of Feodorov’s teaching was his belief that people have responsibility not only before future generations, but before past ones as well.
The AES+F Group, turning to Feodorov’s ideas, by creating the “Defile” is trying to remind us about death as a basic existential problem of human existence, death, which makes everyone and everything equal, while at the same time to focus on the notion of overcoming it both morally and physically.
Simultaneously the creators of this work concentrate on criticizing the taste for glamour and consumerism, which supplants in our minds the existential problems of life on Earth. Just like in their preceding projects – “Action Half Life” and “Last Riot” – they speak against glamour using its own aesthetic and reflecting the vanity and absurdity of human efforts to hide away from moral and ethic issues in the armor of material well-being and its symbols, replacing the individual with the notion of a brand.
The figures of the dead, whose postures bring to mind levitation and the sacral moment of the spirit departing from the body, are, with the help of computer technology, dressed in clothes that could have been used in a fashionable defile. They remind us of the tragic and sublime fate of mankind, stressing the vanity and meaninglessness of a life, where consumerism and arrogance reign above all.
Olga Sviblova

Bio

AES+F GROUP (Arzamasova Tatiana, Evzovich Lev, Svyatsky Evgeny + Fridkes Vladimir)

Arzamasova Tatiana
1955 born in Moscow
1978 graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute
Lives and works in Moscow.

Evzovich Lev
1958 born in Moscow
1982 graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute
Lives and works in Moscow.

Svyatsky Evgeny
1957 born in Moscow
1980 graduated from Moscow Academy of Press (Department of the Book Graphic Arts)
Lives and works in Moscow.

Fridkes Vladimir
1956 born in Moscow
Lives and works in Moscow.

Selected Personal Exhibitions:
2008 AES+F. MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma), Roma, Italy
2007 AES+F. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, USA
AES+F. Passage de Retz, Paris, France
AES+F. Retrospective. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2006 Action Half Life. Sculptures. Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia
AES+F. Last Riot 2. Salvador Diaz Gallery, Madrid, Spain
AES+F. Last Riot 2. Photobiennale 2006, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
AES+F. EFAH (European Forum for the Arts and Heritage), City Hall, Helsinki, Finland
AES+F. The King of the Forest. IMA (Institute of Modern Art), Brisbane, Australia
2005 AES+F. The King of the Forest: More Than Paradise, Le Roi Des Aulnes + KFNY. Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela
AES+F. Action Half Life. Galerie Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
2004 AES+F Group. Action Half Life. Galerie Knoll Wien, Vienna, Austria
2003 Action Half Life. Episode 2. M&J Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
The King of the Forest: New York (KFNY). College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia; Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, USA
AES Group. OASI – Espanya Islàmica. Sala Montcada, La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
2002 Le Roi des Aulnes. Galerie Knoll Wien, Vienna, Austria
2000 AES Group. Islamic Project. Jean-Marc Patras – N.O.M.A.D.E., Paris, France
1999 AES Nomad makes stop in New York. Art in General, New York, USA
AES Travel Agency to the Future. Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden
1997 AES Travel Agency to the Future. Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria
AES Today. Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2007 Click I Hope (Last Riot). 52nd Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Ottepel/Thaw (In The Middle Of The Road). The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
I Believe. Winzavod, 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Anthology of Russian Video Art: Volume 1. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
2006 Gamescapes. Videogame Landscapes and Cities in the Works of Five International Artists, Civic Gallery, Monza, Italy
Krieg der Knoepfe – Kinder und die Welt des Krieges. Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
Mutations 1. European Month of Photography, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France ; Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
To Release Emotions. Myths. Symbols. Systems. Old City Hall, Gdansk, Poland
Fotofest 2006 - The Earth and Artists Responding to Violence. The Eleventh International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, FotoFest, Houston, USA
XV Feria Iberoamericana de Arte. Hotel Tamanaka, Juan Ruiz Galeria (Maracaibo), Caracas, Venezuela
Voiler – Dévoiler. Villa du Parc, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Annemasse, France
ARS 06'. Kiasma (Museum of Contemporary Art), Helsinki, Finland
2005 Brave New World. Sala Alcalá 31, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Russia 2. Bad News from Russia. White Box, The Annex, Magnan Projects' Annex, New York, USA
Moscow Breakthrough. Academia Rossica, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, England
Tirana Biennale 3. The National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania
Baroque and Neobaroque. The Hell of the Beautiful. Domus Artium 2002 (DA2), Salamanca, Spain
De Sculptura. Galerie Ruzicska, Max Gandolph Bibliothek, Salzburg, Austria
Mixed-Up Childhood. Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Just Do It! Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria
StarZ. 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Accomplices. Collective and interactive works in Russian Art of the 1960s-2000s. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Invasion. 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts, Moscow, Russia
2004 Actual Russian Art. Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
New Look From Russia. Contemporary Art Photography. Arles Rencontres de la Photographie, presented by Moscow House of Photography, Atelier des Forges, Arles, France
Biennale of Sydney. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Transphotographiques 2004. Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, France; Lilles, France
AES+F. 5th International Month of Photography in Moscow “Photobiennale-2004”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Moscow-Berlin/Berlin-Moscow 1950–2000, State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russia
Veil. Institute of International Visual Arts, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 Veil. Institute of International Visual Arts, The Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; Blue Coat Gallery, Liverpool; The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, England
Moscow-Berlin/Berlin-Moscow 1950–2000. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Global>Detail. Noorderlicht X. Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groningen, Holland
Neue Ansätze. Zeitgenõssische Kunst aus Moscau. Düsseldorf Kunsthalle, Germany
Real Utopia. Space Bedouin. Rotor, Graz, Austria
Uber Menschen. Modena, Italy; Galerie ACC, Weimar, Germany
2002 AES+F. Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia
New York After New York. Musée de l’Elisée, Lausanne, Switzerland
4th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Project 1, South Korea
4th International Month of Photography in Moscow “Photobiennale-2002”, Bagration Bridge, Moscow, Russia
2001 AES+F, Sophie Calle, Fabrice Hubert, Elian Lille. Gallerie Sollertis, Toulouse, France
International Noordelicht Photofestival. Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groningen, Holland
Russia. Grafeneg Castle, Austria
2000 Paysages Urbaine. Le Quartier CCA, Quimper, France
Othello. 5eme Biennale de Lyon, Halle Toni Garnier, Lyon, France
Inauguration Show of Les Abattoirs Museum. Toulouse, France.

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