The world premiere of The Feast of Trimalchio, the new series by AES+F - a luxurious exhibition will include a monumental 9-channel video installation and a series of large-scale digital ‘paintings’. The Feast of Trimalchio is an interpretation of the best-preserved part of the witty but melancholy fiction ‘Satyricon’ by Gaius Petronius Arbiter, the great Roman poet of Nero’s reign.
This captivating exhibition will envelop visitors in a temporary hotel paradise, where they can enjoy the excesses of wealth, luxury and gluttony. The artists have created their beautiful visual feast with the glamour of a advertising campaign for a luxury brand. The people who inhabit this tropical and exotic hotel are either ‘masters’ or ‘servants’. The masters might be university professors, brokers, society beauties or intellectuals. The servants who work in this vast world are housekeeping staff, waiters, chefs, gardeners, security guards, masseurs. But their roles become increasingly unclear as the action unfolds. The unbridled pleasure of this apparent paradise is constantly threatened by global catastrophes hidden around every corner, casting a dark shadow.
The Feast of Trimalchio is an interpretation of the best-preserved part of the witty but melancholy fiction ‘Satyricon’ by Gaius Petronius Arbiter, the great Roman poet of Nero’s reign.
The 9-channel video work initially debuted in the exhibition Unconditional Love at the 53rd Venice Biennale. The paintings are exhibited for the first time at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture.
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