Federico Solmi

*1973

Socio-political satire seethes in the edgy works of Federico Solmi (b. 1973, Italy. Based in Brooklyn). Exhibited throughout the world‎, and this spring in a solo museum presentation at MACZUL in Venezuela, the expressionist is also a B3 award-winner and accompanied the B3 team to Beijing and Shanghai. Fame and power, legacy and status, hypocrisy and injustice are among the issues the notorious animator will bring to bear on his B3 commission, a multi-channel work, to be projected on to the façade of the Frankfurt Opera house.

Artist of the B3 Exhibition ON DESIRE

The Great Farce, 2017
9-channel FullHD Video, facade projection, 106m x 6,39m
Courtesy of the artist

The Great Farce, a video installation by American-Italian artist Federico Solmi, will be projected onto the facade of Oper / Schauspiel Frankfurt from November 28th to November 30th.

The gaudily colored grotesque shows political leaders in an amusement park where historical events are re-enacted for their entertainment. Derived from Solmi’s unique approach that merges hand wrought elements with hyper-technical dimensions, the work pokes fun at how bedazzlement can supersede historical accuracy, while calling attention to the nexus of myth and legend, actuality and absurdity.

The artist was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2009. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Yale University School of Art. His work has been included in the Beijing Media Art Biennale (2016), Frankfurt B3 Biennial of the Moving Image (2015), and the 54th Venice Biennial (2011), among others, and featured in solo exhibitions at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia Maracaibo, Venezuela (2017), the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2016), the Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile (2015).

“Art, for me, has always been a platform to examine social phenomena and call attention to contradictions and injustices. Some would argue art should not be didactic. But every era has had artists whose works provide an insightful mirror. These are my heroes.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

B3 Opening - World premiere Federico Solmi // B3 Exhibition ON DESIRE // Premiere Daniel Pflumm & Klaus Kotai FRANKFURT

7:30 PM - 11:59 PM B3 Opening - World premiere Federico Solmi // B3 Exhibition ON DESIRE // Premiere Daniel Pflumm & Klaus Kotai FRANKFURT B3 Opening

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Federico Solmi

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Federico Solmi Masterclass

Re-Animators: a Panel on Desire

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Re-Animators: a Panel on Desire Panel

KEYNOTE & PANEL: Desire for Truth: What is truth? If many believe it, does it become true?

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM KEYNOTE & PANEL: Desire for Truth: What is truth? If many believe it, does it become true? Panel