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Group AES & AES+F
Moscow



Action Half Life. Episode 2















Tatyana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeniy Svyatskiy and Vladimir Fridkes

The group AES made its famous "Islamic project" long before the time, when radical Islam loudly announced itself, having changed the famous silhouette of New York. After the 11th of September, when the phobias, about which they laughed, became reality, the AES-ers became "prophets". The perception of the "Islamic project" in the West has seriously changed now it no longer breaks the norm of that which is considered politically correct, which Evzovich called a form of censorship. The artists organically exist not in the Russian, but in the World art-context and freely operate with the values of Western society. Their works are within the sphere of culture. Their themes are the conflict of civilisations, phobias of mass culture, transgressions, war and death, childhood, cultural differences, the future. The group "AES + F" participates in all the major international exhibitions and media festivals, systematically shocking the artistic community of Europe and America.

Alexander EVANGELY


ARZAMASOVA, TATIANA

Was born in 1955, graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute in 1978. Lives and works in Moscow.
Was occupied in conceptual architecture. Award winner "Grand-Prix" of a jointly OISTT and UNESCO competition "Theatre of Future". Participated in conceptual architecture exhibitions in London, Paris, Venice.

EVZOVICH, LEV

Was born in 1958, graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute in 1982. Lives and works in Moscow.
Was occupied in conceptual architecture. The OISTT competition Prize winner "The Tour Theatre" in Stockholm. Participated in conceptual architecture exhibitions in Milan, Francfurt-on-Main, Paris. Worked as art director in animation film (6 films), as director in papet animation film. Also worked as art director in film "Sanset" (live action, "Mosfilm" studio).

SVYATSKY, EVGENY

Was born in 1957, graduated from Moscow Polygraphic Institute (department of the book graphic arts) in 1980. Lives and works in Moscow.
Was occupied with book and advertising design, poster and graphic art. Participated in international poster competitions, exhibitions of book illustration and design, graphic art.
Worked as creative director in few publishing houses in Moscow ("Otkryty Mir" and "Intersignal").

Artists united as AES group in 1987. In some projects since 1995 AES group collaborates with photographer Vladimir FRIDKES (AES+F group).

FRIDKES, VLADIMIR

Born in Moscow in 1956, lives and works in Moscow.
Works as photographer of fashion. Published in magazines: VOGUE, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Times Style and others.
Since 1995 collaborates with AES group.
Participated in exhibitions:
"Fashion and Style in Photography", 2001, Manege, Moscow.
"Art Moscow 2001", Central House of Artist, Moscow.
"Photobiennial-2002", Manege, Moscow.
"Fashion and Style in Photography", 1999, Manege, Moscow.
"Photobiennial-98", Manege, Moscow.
"Fashion and Style in Photography", 1997, Manege, Moscow.
"Photobiennial-96", Manege, Moscow.
"Kiev Art Meeting" Ukrainian House, 1995, "Alipiy" Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine.
Also participated in exhibitions with AES group.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2006
AES+F. LAST RIOT 2, Salvador Diaz Gallery, Madrid, Spain
AES+F, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneve, Switzerland
AES+F. LAST REBELLION (LAST RIOT 2), Moscow Photobiennale 2006, Moscow, House of Photography, Central Exhibition Hall, Manege. Moscow
AES+F. KING OF THE FOREST, IMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

2005
AES+F, Magnan Projects, New York
AES+F. THE KING OF THE FOREST, MORE THAN PARADISE, LE ROI DES AULNES + KFNY, Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela

2003
"Action Half Life. Episode 2", M. Guelman Gallery, Moscow
"Action Half Life. Episodes 2&3", "Paris Photo", Galerie Carre Noir, Paris, France
"The King of the Forest: New York (KFNY) ", COFA / Claire Oliver Fine Art, New York, USA

2001
"Islamic Project", Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse, France.

2000
"AES Travel Agency to the Future – Islamic Project", SIETAR Europe Congress 2000, Brussels, Belgium

1998
"The Yellow is cooking, the White is eating", Art Media Center "TV Gallery", Moscow

1997
"AES Travel Agency to the Future", Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria

1995
"The Trauma of the Spine", Reserve Palace, Tzarskoe Selo, St. Petersburg

1994
"Kain and Abel", Galerie Caspar Bingemer, Hamburg, Germany
"Scar", M. Guelman Gallery, Moscow

1993
"The Art of Possibilities", M. Guelman Gallery, Moscow

1992
"Children's Bible", Salzau, Cultural Center of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

1991
"East-West" Gallery, London, England
"Das Irdische Paradies", ifa-Galerie Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, Germany.

1990
"Pathetische Rhetorik", Galerie InterArt, Berlin, Germany

1989
"Apollo Inspiring an Epic Poet", "Howard Yezersky" Gallery, Boston, USA
Representation and performance in Carpenter Center (Harvard University), Cambridge, USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007
Marat's Choice. Special project of Marat Guelman Foundation within the 2nd Moscow Biennale. Russian State Museum of Contemporary History, Moscow
Artist's Diary. Special project of Marat Guelman Foundation within the 1st Moscow Biennale. Central House of Artist, Moscow
Thaw. 15 years of M. Guelman Gallery. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

2006
'ARS 06', 'Sense of the Real', Kiasma Nykytaiteen musee (Museum of Contemporary Art), Helsinki, Finland.

2005
'Un Nuevo Y Bravo Mundo / Brave New World', Sala Alcala 31, Comunidad de Madrid, Spane
4th TIRANA BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Tirana Biennale3 Sweet Taboos / (Episodes 5), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tirana, Albania

2004
Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
'Art Miami 2004', 'Islamic Project. Oasis', COFA/Claire Oliver Fine Art (NYC), Miami Beach, USA

2003
"VEIL". Institute of International Visual Arts, The Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England

2002
"Group Show", COFA/Claire Oliver Fine Art, New York, USA
"4th Gwangjiu Biennale", Gwangjiu, Project 1, South Korea.

2001
"FIAC", Paris, France

2000
5e Biennale de Lyon, Halle Toni Garnier, Lyon, France.
"Ein Gesprach Razgowor Razmowa", Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.

1999
"Propaganda Art", Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, USA.
"Un matin du monde", Eric Dupont Gallery, Paris, France.

1998
"3 Penny Show", Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art, New Brunswick (NJ), USA.
"European Art Forum", Art Media Center "TV Gallery" (Moscow), Ber1in, Germany.

1997
Art-Moscow. Central House of Artists, Moscow

1996
"European Art Forum", Guelman Gallery (Moscow), Berlin, Germany
"Contemporary Russian Photographie", "La Base" Center of Contemporary Art, Paris

1994
Conversion. ISEA, Helsinki, Finland; M. Guelman Gallery, Moscow

1993
"Art Hamburg", Hamburg, Germany.
"777", Museum of Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden; Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, England; Reykjavik Art Museum, Island; Nova Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia; Rheinoper Cultural Center, Duisburg, Germany

FILM FESTIVALS:

2000
"Impact" Film Festival, Utrecht, Holland.

1999
Split Film Festival, Split, Croatia.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

2001
Residency in YADDO, Saratoga, NY, USA

1999
ArtsLink-CEC International Partners Fellowship in Art in General, New York, USA.

1997
Scholarship in Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.

1996
Scholarship in Vermogensvervaltung Streletski Victoriahof, Berlin, Germany.

1995
"Kulturdorf" State Center of Contemporary art, Scholarship in Reserve Palace, Tzarskoe Selo, St. Petersburg.
Scholarship in Internationale Austausch Ateliers Region Basel, CMS, Switzerland.

1992
Scholarship in Salzau, Cultural Center of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

GRANTS:

2002
Grant for realisation of the project "More Than Paradise", Kultur Kontakt Austria, (Vienna).

1999
Travel grant, ArtsLink-CEC International Partners (New York), "Open Society" Institute of Soros (Moscow).
Travel grant, "Open Society" Institute of Soros (Moscow).

1998
Travel grant, "Open Society" Institute of Soros (Moscow).

1997
Grant for Catalogue "AES Today", Soros Center for contemporary art.

1995
Grant for Catalogue "Body Space", Soros Center for contemporary art.

COLLECTIONS:

Institutional:

Chronolux Corporative collection, Moscow, Russia.
FNAC, France.
FRAC Franche-Conte, France.
Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France.
Locarno Video Bank, Switzerland.
Moscow Hause of Photography, Russia.
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
National Collection of contemporary art, (former collection of Tsaritsino museum by Andrey Yerofeev) Tretyakov gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Neue Galerie Graz, Austria.
Stadt Galerie Esslingen-am -Neckar, Germany.

Private:

Alexander Novikov, Berlin, Germany.
Alexey Bokov, Moscow, Russia.
Arina Sharapova, Moscow, Russia.
Caspar Bingemer, Hamburg, Germany.
Claire Oliver, New York, USA.
Ekkehard Streletski, Berlin, Germany.
Eugene Sadovoy, Los Ageles, USA.
Jean-Marc Patras and Emma Lavigne, Paris, France.
Lew & Lynn Pollock, Santa Fe, USA.
Marat Guelman, Moscow, Russia.
Paul Renoir, Hasselt, Belgium.
Petr Grunt, Basel, Switzerland.
Rainer and Theresia Haarmann, Kiel, Germany.
Saimon Franklin, Cambridge, England.

EXPERIENCE OF TEACHING:

Lectures organized by ACC+Bauhause, Weimar, 2002
Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art, School of Contemporary Art, Masterclasses 2000-2002
Lectures in University Sent Deni Paris 8, 1999
Lectures in Rudgers University, Mason Gross School of Arts, 1998
Lectures in Columbia University, Harvard University, 1989


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