May 3rd - November 17th, 2015 / Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Magazzini del Sale, Magazzino #5

The new project by AES+F «Inverso Mundus» – 7-channel HD video installation presented on 56th Venice Biennale in the program of Collateral events.


Magazzini del Sale, Magazzino #5, (Fondamenta delle Zattere Ai Saloni 262, Dorsoduro)


Engravings in the genre of "World Upside Down", known since the 16th century, depict such scenes as a pig gutting the butcher, a child punishing his teacher, a man carrying a donkey on his back, man and woman exchanging roles and dress, and a beggar in rags magnanimously bestowing alms on a rich man. These engravings contain demons, chimeras, fish flying through the sky and death itself, variously with a scythe or in the mask of a plague doctor.


Mundus – the Latin "world" and Inverso – is both an Italian "reverse, the opposite" and the Old Italian "poetry," which alludes to the art processing. In our interpretation, the absurdist scenes from the medieval carnival appear as episodes of contemporary life in a multichannel video installation. Characters act out scenes of absurd social utopias and exchange masks, morphing from beggars to rich men, from policemen to thieves. Metrosexual street-cleaners are showering the city with refuse. Female inquisitors torture men on IKEA-style structures. Children and seniors are fighting in a kickboxing match. Inverso Mundus is a world where chimeras are pets and the Apocalypse is entertainment.




Organization: VITRARIA Glass +A Museum (Venice)

Curator: Ewald Stastny


General support of the project: 

Blavatnik Family Foundation


With the support of:

Triumph Gallery,

Energy Group,



Executive production of the project: FAENA ART

With the kind assistance of: PhotofactoryFortuny s.r.l.

Production coordination: Alexandrina Markvo


Special thanks to Blavatnik Family Foundation


Personal thanks to:

Leonard Blavatnik

Alan Faena

Ximena Caminos

Alexandrina Markvo

Dmitry Khankin

Emeliyan Zakharov

Mickey Riad

Pietro Lunetta

Judith Neilson

Penelope Seidler

Taddeo Zuccheri

David Elliott

Olga Sviblova

Olga Prokofyeva

Olga Grinshpun

Eduard Wulfson



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