Mobius Gallery, Bucharest
September 30 – 04 November, 2016
Opening: September 30, 19.00 - 06.00
Mobius Gallery is pleased to announce Inverso Mundus by
AES+F, for the first time exhibited in Romania. The show will comprise
drawings, a limited edition of stills and the videoinstallation Inverso
Mundus (3 channel, 38’20”), one of the most acclaimed projects in the
56th Biennale di Venezia.
The exhibition opens on September 30th, with a reception held at #2 Mendeleev D.I. Street, from 7p.m. till 6 a.m.
Mobius Gallery will publish a catalogue to accompany the
exhibition, with an essay by curator David Elliott and an extensive
interview with the artists.
“The premise of AES+F’s new work, Inverso Mundus, is the
reversal of all usual expectations.” (excerpt from "The Grand Magic
Theatre of The World: AES+F and Inverso Mundus" by David Elliott)
The concept of Inverso Mundus is rooted in the ancient
Roman Empire, when during Saturnalia, the most important festival of the
Julian calendar, traditional social rules were reversed as masters were
called on to serve their slaves. Within the frame of contemporary
society, the imagery of Inverso Mundus becomes disturbing, exquisite and
Engravings of the “World Upside Down”, known since at
least the 16th century, depict such scenes as a pig gutting a butcher, a
child punishing his teacher, a man carrying a donkey on his back, a man
and woman exchanging their roles and dress, and a beggar in rags
magnanimously bestowing alms on a rich man. These images also contain
demons, chimeras, fish flying through the sky, and Death itself,
variously with a scythe or wearing the mask of a plague doctor.
The title of the work, Inverso – meaning in Italian
reverse or opposite and in Old Italian poetry, and Mundus – Latin for
the world, hints at a reorientation of reality, a poetic vision. In
AES+F’s interpretation absurdist scenes from medieval carnivals appear
in a multichannel video frieze as episodes from contemporary life:
characters act out scenes of absurd social utopias and exchange masks,
morphing from beggars to rich men, from policemen to thieves.
Metrosexual street-cleaners shower the city with refuse. Female
inquisitors torture men on IKEA-style wheels and racks. Children and
seniors slug it out in a kickboxing match.
Inverso Mundus is a world where chimeras are pets and the Apocalypse is entertainment.
The project Inverso Mundus was created in 2014-2015 with generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation and Faena Art.
Exhibition organized by Mobius Gallery in collaboration with Triumph Gallery.
PR & Communication: Creative Evolution (www.creativeevolution.ro)
Image: AES+F, Inverso Mundus, Still # 3-01, 2015 chromogenic print on
fine barite paper, 52 x 140 cm, edition of 10. Courtesy of Mobius