AES – the Witnesses of the Future. Islamic Project.
AES group, 1996-2003
Islamic Project started on 1996 as an installation and performance with interactive communication with public: purchasing souvenirs, filling questionnaire concerning their opinions about Future. It works as a kind of social psychoanalysis – visualization of fears of Western society about Islam.
There are two ways of performing: first – as «AES Travel Agency to the Future» – fake office with obvious stuff and our images on posters, postcards, mugs, carpets, T-shirts etc. First time it was shown in Guelman Gallery, Moscow in 1996. The second way – as installation with title «Oasis» which is a kind of Bedouin tent done from traditional handmade carpets stitched from cotton fabric with our Islamic images printed on silk (carpets produced in Egypt). It is a place for meditation and dreaming on sofas with water pipes, Arabic music etc.
Islamic Project was shown in Russia, in most of European countries, United States and in South Korea. It was published in catalogues and albums, in many newspapers (The New York Times, Forward, Liberation, Tages Zeitung, Wochenpost, Der Standard etc.) and magazines (NBK, Art News, Art, Siksi, Art Press etc.) of different western countries as well as in Egypt and South Korea.