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Federico Solmi

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THE WALTZ (FROM THE BROTHERHOOD SERIES)

THE WALTZ (FROM THE BROTHERHOOD SERIES), 2015

ACRYLIC, GOLD LEAF, MIXED MEDIA WITH LCD SCREEN AND VIDEO

52 X 34 INCHES

ARTIST STATEMENT

Federico Solmi's exhibitions combine articulate installations composed of different media such as video, drawings, mechanical sculptures and paintings, using bright colors and a satirical aesthetic to portray a dystopian vision of our present day society. Irreverent, surrealistic, and sexually explicit, the videos and works by Federico Solmi are also extravagant, rowdy and ironic. They are satires about the evilness and the vices that affect contemporary society and mankind. The artist uses images culled from the video game industry, pop culture, and the Internet and collages them with a historical influence to produce original artworks about the seemingly disparate subject at hand. The universe that he likes to represent is the exaltation of a present that is crumbling apart. It is also a criticism of a system that approves and trusts without questioning the fragile foundation on which our culture and post-modernist society is based.

In 2009, Federico Solmi was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the category Video & Audio by the Guggenheim Foundation of New York.

Federico Solmi's “Douche Bag City” video installation, comprised of 15 separate videos and frames, was featured in the 2010 SITE Santa Fe Biennial, curated by Sarah Lewis and Daniel Belasco.
Solmi's work has been exhibited in the following museums and institutions: Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; The Drawing Center, New York; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; Australian Center of Moving Images, Melbourne; Victoria Memorial Museum, Calcutta, India; Contemporary Art Center of Rouboix, Palazzo Delle Arti, Naples; Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy. In addition, his video animations have been screened in numerous film and video festivals, such the Kassel Documentary film and video festival; Tina B, Prague; The London International Animation Festival; Loop Barcelona; IndieLisboa, Lisbon; Impakt Film and Video Festival, Utrecht.

BRIEF BIO

Federico Solmi (b. 1973, Bologna, Italy) lives and works in New York. Solmi is an accomplished animated video artist who uses a satirical aesthetic to portray a dystopian vision of our present day society. His exhibitions are known to use bright colors and combine media such as video, paintings, drawings, and even mechanical sculptures. He was awarded the BEN Main Prize 2015 at the B3 Frankfurt Biennial and was honored with the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship for Video Art.

Irreverent, surrealistic, and politically charged, the videos and works are extravagant, rowdy, and ironic. They are satires about the evilness and vices that affect contemporary society and mankind. The universe that he likes to represent is the exaltation of a present that is crumbling apart. It is also a criticism of a system that approves and trusts without questioning the fragile foundation on which our culture and post-modernist society is based. The artist uses images culled from the video-game industry, pop culture, and the Internet, and collages them with a historical influence to produce original artworks about the seemingly disparate subject at hand. The result is a unique hand-made texture within a real-time 3D framework.

His video "The Evil Empire" (2008) provoked controversy and censorship in France and Spain and escalated to an infamous trial in Italy in which he was charged and tried for obscenity, blasphemy and offense to religion. The hand-drawn animation is set in "Vatic-Anal-City" in the year 2046 and portrays the exploits of a fictional pope who is addicted to pornography. A number of related objects accompany the piece, including a crucifix that features Solmi as the Pope with a large grin and an erection. The charges against Federico Solmi were dismissed. Other videos by Solmi include Rocco Never Dies, The Giant, King Kong and the End of the World, Douche Bag City, Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, and a series of video portraits titled The Brotherhood.

Federico Solmi's work has been exhibited in numerous museums, institutions, and festivals. Among those are Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel; 54th Venice Bienial (2011); Site Santa Fe 2010, Santa Fe, NM; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Drawing Center, New York; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kasseler Kustverein; the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel; Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennial, Shenzhen, China; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; CA2M Centro de Arte de Mayo, Madrid; Loop Barcelona; Australian Center of Moving Images, Melbourne; Victoria Memorial Museum, Calcutta, India; Contemporary Art Center of Rouboix; Palazzo Delle Arti, Naples, and Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome; and Impakt Film and Video Festival, Utrecht. His work has been reviewed by publications such as Artforum, Flash Art Magazine, Tema Celeste, ArtNet.com, Artillery, Artinfo.com, Artfacts.net, Art Actuelle, Contemporary, Marie Claire, Glamour, L'Espresso, and newspapers such as the New York Times, Le Figaro, Daily News, El Mundo, El Pais, il Giornale, Il Mattino, il Corriere della Sera, and La Republica. In 2007, SKY TV, an Italian digital satellite television platform, aired a one-hour feature presentation about his videos on their culture channel, Leonardo. Exibart, an Italian based contemporary art magazine, featured a drawing from the video King Kong and the End of the World on the cover of its January 2006 issue.

In 2016, Solmi will be a visiting professor (experimental film) at Yale University, New Haven, CT.

BRIEF CV

Born in 1973, Italy.
Works in New York, NY

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2015
BEN Main Prize 2015, B3 Biennale of the Moving Image, Frankfurt, Germany
2009
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, category of Video & Audio

RECENT MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AND BIENNIALS
2016
Silence. The Voice of Art. Peace Time Crimes, curated by Viola Romoli, Massachusetts Institude of
Technology, Cambridge, MA
PIGS, curated by Blanca De La Torre, Artium Museum Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz,
Basque Country, Spain
2015
EXPANDED SENSES: Experiencing with all Senses and Shifting Boundaries, B3 Biennial of the Moving
Image, Frankfurt, Germany
Federico Solmi, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
Punk. It's Traces in Contemporary Art, curated by David G.Torres, Artium Museum-Centre of
Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain
Praestigium Contemporary Artists From Italy, Fondazione Sandretto Re, Torino, Italy
Federico Solmi: A Song of Celebrities, Politicians, and Dictators, Centro Cultural Mutacana 100,
Santiago, Chile
Intimate Strangers, Politics as Celebrity, Celebrity as Politics, Centro Cultural Mutacana 100, Santiago,
Chile
2013
A Song of Tyranny, Italian Cultural Institute, Madrid, Spain
Premio Cairo: Museo della Permanente Milan, Italy
Other People's Problem: Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Arts, Israel curated by Doreet Levitte Harten
and Dalia Levin
The Garden Of The Forking Paths: Exploring Independent Animation: Art Terminal Shanghai, China curated
by Mariagrazia Costantino, Wang Chunchen
2012
The World of Soul: As Artistic Virtual Engineering, First Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennial,
curated by Wang Chenchen, Zhang Xiaotao, He Jinfang, Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town Innovation
Culture Land Northern Area B10 Art Center
7th Berlin Biennial ARTWIKI, digital venue, curated by Artur Zmijewski and Pit Schultz, Berlin, Germany

RECENT GALLERY SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 The Brotherhood, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2015
The Brotherhood, Postmasters Gallery, New York
The Great Dictator, Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea, Naples, Italy
Chinese Democracy And The Last Day On Earth "Video Trilogy", Gleichapel, Paris, France
2014
Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth "Video Trilogy": Vernon Gallery, Prague, Czech
Republic
2013
Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, ADN Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2012
Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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