Europe-Europe by AES+F Addresses Provocative Politics

 - Aug 20, 2013
References: & beautifuldecay
Porcelain figurines often depicted romantic trysts, innocent play and other gentile scenes; the series titled Europe-Europe by AES+F, an artistic collective made up of Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovitch, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes, is far from gentile. Instead, these figurines depict sexualized scenarios. As Beautiful Decay points out, it depicts "power struggle as sexual tension."

From a Neo-Nazi stroking the locks of a Hasidic Jewish boy to a police officer fondles a rioter, Europe-Europe by AES+F is full of controversial imagery. Beautiful Decay also writes, "While these can easily be read as a playful and optimistic depiction of global unity, a sinister feeling lingers on these figurines." It is very hard to reconcile the provocative context these figurines take on.