Federico Solmi "The Great Farce"

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 28 to December 3.

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.”