The Feast of Trimalchio
7th October – 13th November 2010
Anna Schwartz Gallery
The multi-media work of Russian collective AES+F interweaves imagery relating to modern technology, Hollywood cinema, fashion photography, advertising, death, religion, mass media, popular culture and the youth obsession of contemporary society.
The Feast of Trimalchio, a body of work in photography and moving image, is an interpretation of the witty but melancholy fiction ‘Satyricon’ by the Roman poet Petronius. In the ancient story Trimalchio’s feast was portrayed as the ideal celebration that Trimalchio imagined for his own funeral. In AES+F’s 21st Century version, an orgy of consumerism reflects on the contemporary state of Russia and indeed the world. Created from over 75,000 photographs, the complete work is a nine-channel panoramic video that made its celebrated debut at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
For the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Anna Schwartz Gallery presents a set of three expansive photographic tableaux. These captivating images of a temporary hotel paradise portray opulence and excess overshadowed by a dark disquiet.