First formed as AES Group in 1987 by Arzamasova, Evzovich, and Svyatsky, the collective became AES+F when Fridkes joined in 1995. Working at the intersection of traditional media, photography, video and digital technologies, the collective defines their practice as social psychoanalysis, revealing the values, vices and conflicts of contemporary global culture.


The social subconscious is laid bare in our work. Our method of psychoanalysis is based on images, not on language. You have to look in order to understand.

AES+F achieved worldwide critical acclaim in 1999 and AES+F cemented their reputation as a contemporary art powerhouse in the Russian Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia in 2007 with their provocative Last Riot, the first of their now signature large-scale, multichannel video installations. The following two large video installations titled The Feast of Trimalchio and Allegoria Sacra debuted at the 53rd Venice Biennale and 4th Moscow Biennale respectively. These three projects came to be known as The Liminal Space Trilogy, and were shown together for the first time in September 2012 at the Gropius Bau, Berlin. In 2015, AES+F premiered Inverso Mundus at the 56th Biennale di Venezia. Inverso Mundus was later shown at the Kochi-Muziris Biennial, the Bangkok Biennial, and a number of other museums and festivals all over the world."

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