Federico Solmi

Federico Solmi

The Ballroom, 2016

Biography


Federico Solmi (Italy, 1973) currently lives and works in New York. His exhibitions, which often combine articulate installations composed of different media such as video, drawings, and paintings, use bright colors and a satirical aesthetic to portray a dystopian vision of our present-day society. Solmi exploits emerging technologies to reveal the hypocrisies in contemporary society, making art with political and social commentary as a means to disrupt the power structure of our technological age. Scanning his paintings into a game engine, Solmi confronts the audience with his own absurd rewriting of past and present-day events. Solmi stages a virtual world where our leaders become puppets, animated by computer scripts rather than strings.


In the year 2009, Federico Solmi was awarded by the Guggenheim Foundation of New York with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the category of Video & Audio. Federico Solmi is currently visiting Professor at Yale University School of Drama, New Haven, CT. His work has been included in several international Biennials, including Open Spaces 2018: A Kansas City Arts Experience(2018), the Beijing Media Art Biennale (2016), Frankfurt B3 Biennial of the Moving Image (2017-2015), the First Shenzhen Animation Biennial in China (2013), the 54th Venice Biennial (2011), and the SITE Santa Fe Biennial in New Mexico (2010). Solmi has been featured in solo museum exhibitions including Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY (2018), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela (2017), the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2016), the Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile (2015), and the Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid, Spain (2013).



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Exhibitions

Jun 12 – Aug 24, 2018 Group Show Reprise: Summer Show 2018

May 24 – Aug 18, 2017 Group Show Art on the Front Lines

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The Great Farce Carousel (excerpt)

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The Great Farce Carousel (excerpt)

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The Great Farce (excerpt)

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The Holy Master (excerpt)

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The Grand Masquerade, 2018

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The Kindhearted Charlatans, 2018

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The Great Expedition, 2018

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The Great Expedition, 2018

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The Esteemed Scoundrel, 2017

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The Divine Emperor, 2017

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The Gracious Conquistadors, 2017

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The Decadent, 2016

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The Magnificent Exploiter, 2016

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The Great Patriot, 2016

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The Brotherhood Triptych, Panel 2, 2015

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Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth video edition box, 2012

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Untitled still from Douche Bag City, 2010

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Untitled still from The Evil Empire, 2007

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Untitled Still from King Kong and the End of the World, 2006

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Untitled still from King Kong and the End of the World, 2006

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The Good Samaritans, 2018

The Good Samaritans, 2018

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The Great Farce, 2017

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The Brotherhood, 2017

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The Ballroom, 2016

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The Brotherhood, 2015

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Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, 2015

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Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, 2015

installation view

Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, 2013

installation view

Douche Bag City, 2010

installation view

The Evil Empire, 2008

installation view

King Kong and the End of the World, 2006

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Ideal City, 2004

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The Good Samaritans, 2018

installation view

The Great Farce, 2017

installation view

The Brotherhood, 2017

installation view

The Ballroom, 2016

installation view

The Brotherhood, 2015

installation view

Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, 2015

installation view

Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, 2015

installation view

Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, 2013

installation view

Douche Bag City, 2010

installation view

The Evil Empire, 2008

installation view

King Kong and the End of the World, 2006

installation view

Ideal City, 2004

installation view

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