AES+F PREMIERE THE FEAST OF TRIMALCHIO AT GARAGE
19 June – 29 August 2010
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture will present the world premiere of The Feast of Trimalchio, a new installation by AES+F. Curated by Olga Sviblova, the luxurious exhibition will include a monumental 9-channel video installation and a series of large-scale digital ‘paintings’.
The Feast of Trimalchio is an interpretation of the best-preserved part of the witty but melancholy fiction ‘Satyricon’ by Gaius Petronius Arbiter, the great Roman poet of Nero’s reign.
The installation will envelop visitors in a temporary hotel paradise, where they can enjoy the excesses of wealth, luxury and gluttony. The artists have created their beautiful visual feast with the glamour of an advertising campaign for a luxury brand. The people who inhabit this tropical and exotic hotel are either ‘masters’ or ‘servants’. The masters might be university professors, brokers, society beauties or intellectuals. The servants are housekeeping staff, waiters, chefs, gardeners, security guards, masseurs. Yet, the unbridled pleasure of this apparent paradise is constantly threatened by global catastrophes hidden around every corner, casting a dark shadow.
The 9-channel video work initially debuted in the exhibition Unconditional Love at the 53rd Venice Biennale. The paintings are exhibited for the first time at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture.
AES+F is a collective of four Russian artists, Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes, who work with photography, video, sculpture and mixed media. The group is known for its masterful manipulation of the fashion and advertising idiom which, when combined with a deep appreciation of the history of art, produces slick yet complex and challenging narratives