Federico Solmi "The Magnificent Exploiter" (Christopher Columbus) 2016
acrylic, gold leaf on Plexiglas, LED screen,
video loop 2 min.
36 x 24 inches / 91.5 x 61 cm
Other works available
Solmi is inspired by journalist Oriana Fallaci’s Interviews with History and Conversations with Power. “There's something missing in all writings about power: Very few are able to capture how funny it is. When they examine the horrors that power commits, the sufferings it imposes, the blood with which it stains itself, historians and political scientists always forget to highlight the ridiculous aspects of the inevitable monster and how funny they are, with their ironed uniforms, unearned medals and invented awards.”
Read Solmi's artist statement
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, mechanical sculptures and paintings, use bright colors and a satirical aesthetic to portray a dystopian vision of our present-
Solmi’s works have been exhibited at Le Centre Pompidou, Palais De Tokyo, The Drawing Center NY, Reina Sofia National Museum, CA2M Centro De Arte Dos De Mayo, ARTIUM Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Italian Cultural Institute, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Arts Israel, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai, Australian Center of Moving Images Melbourne, Victoria Memorial Museum Calcutta, India, Palazzo Delle Esposizioni Rome, and Palazzo Delle Belle Arti Naples.
Among the international biennials exhibiting his work are - Frankfurt B3 Biennial of Moving Images, First Shenzhen Animation Biennial in China, 54th Venice Biennial, Site Santa Fe Biennial in New Mexico. Solmi's videos have also been screened in festivals around the world. In 2009, he was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He is currently a visiting professor at the Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. He lives and works in New York.