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Allegoria Sacra, The Battle, 2011. Digital collage, c-print (161.5 x 270 cm in Diasec®, 110 x 164 cm on Fine Art Barita paper).

CANCELED: Graduate School of Art MFA in Visual Art Lecture: Lev Evzovich of AES+F

April 6, 2020
5:30p Reception, 6p Lecture

The health and safety of our community and visitors is a top priority for the Sam Fox School and the Kemper Art Museum. Given recent guidance from the CDC on limiting the spread of COVID-19, as a precautionary measure, we regretfully announce the cancellation of all public programs through April 30, 2020. We are hoping to reschedule many of these events and will provide updates on our website as they become available. We are continuing to evaluate the status for events scheduled to take place after April 30.

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Lev Evzovich of AES+F will deliver a Graduate School of Art MFA in Visual Art Lecture. AES+F is a collective of four Russian artists: Svyatsky, Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, and Vladimir Fridkes.

First formed as AES Group in 1987 by Arzamasova, Evzovich, and Svyatsky, the collective became AES+F when Fridkes joined in 1995. AES+F work at the intersection of traditional media, photography, video, and digital technologies. They define their practice as a kind of "social psychonalysis" through which they reveal and explore the values, vices, and conflicts of contemporary global culture.

AES+F achieved worldwide recognition and acclaim in the Russian Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia in 2007 with their provocative, other-worldly Last Riot (2007), the first in a trio of large-scale, multichannel video installations of striking originality that have come to define both the AES+F aesthetic and the cutting edge of the medium’s capacities. The second of the series, The Feast of Trimalchio (2009), appeared in Venice in 2009, and the third, Allegoria Sacra (2011), debuted at the 4th Moscow Biennale in 2011. United as The Liminal Space Trilogy, this tour-de-force series was premiered in September 2012 at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and the Moscow Manege, the central exhibition hall of the artists’ home city, and has since been shown on many occasions at various museums and festivals. In 2015, AES+F premiered Inverso Mundus at the 56th Biennale di Venezia. Inverso Mundus was later shown at the Kochi-Muziris Biennial and a number of other museums and festivals all over the world.

Between 2016 and 2019, AES+F have also worked in set design for theater and opera. The artists created their first video set design for Psychosis, a reinterpretation of Sarah Kane's famous play, 4:48 Psychosis, directed together with Alexander Zeldovich. Psychosis premiered at Electrotheater Stanislavsky in Moscow in June 2016. In 2019, the group premiered their first opera together with the Italian opera director Fabio Cherstich, a reimagined Turandot acclaimed by critics as audacious and visionary. Turandot was created as an international co-production at the initiative of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, together with Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg.

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