001 Inverso Mundus – collateral event of 56th Venice biennale
07.05.2015 – 22.11.2015, Magazzini del Sale, Magazzino 5 / VITRARIA Glass +A Museum, Venice

VITRARIA Glass +A Museum, in association with Triumph Gallery and ENERGY Group are proud to present a new project 001 Inverso Mundus (The World Upside Down) by AES+F, generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The exhibition will occupy the historic former salt warehouses (Magazzini del Salle) at the celebrated Zattere quay and the VITRARIA Glass +A Museum.

AES+F create their works at the intersection of photography, video and digital technologies. At the same time they constantly address traditional painting and sculpture. With their strong visual narratives, AES+F explore the values and conflicts of today’s global culture.

The series of historical engravings Inverso Mundus (The World Upside Down) depicts a pig gutting the butcher, a child punishing his teacher, a man carrying a donkey on his back, men and women exchanging roles and costumes, and a beggar in rags majestically giving alms to a rich man. In these engravings there are demons, chimeras, fish flying through the sky, and death itself, variously with a scythe or behind the mask of Doctor Plague.

In the artists’ interpretation of Inverso Mundus, absurd scenes from the historical carnival appear as episodes of contemporary life in a multichannel video installation. Characters are acting out scenes of absurd social utopias, changing their masks, morphing from beggars to rich men, from policemen to thieves. Metrosexual cleaners shower the city with debris. Female inquisitors torture men on IKEA-style structures. Children and seniors are locked in a kickboxing match. Inverso Mundus is a world where chimeras are pets and the Apocalypse is entertainment.

According to Ewald Stastny, the art director of VITRARIA Glass +A Museum and curator of the exhibition: «Entering the world of AES+F is like diving in the sea of pleonasm without being contradictory, with its awareness of visions, its propheticalness, phantasms in baroque opulence, overwhelming ideations, ideograms, subtlety in details, upmost technical perfection».