Postmasters is pleased to present The Brotherhood - an exhibition of animated videopaintings
by Federico Solmi. This will be his second exhibition with the gallery.
Known for his hand-drawn, 3D animated, color-saturated, satirical videos, Solmi
seeks to portray a dystopian vision of a present-day society that inexorably
continues to regenerate and to renew itself, even as it falls apart in front of our eyes.
Imagine the decadence of Fellini Roma (1972).
Imagine a scarlet room filled with ornate, grotesque, animated portraits of Pope
Ratzinger, Marie Antoinette, George Washington, Montezuma, Idi Amin, Empress
Theodora, Napoleon, Columbus, Genghis Khan, Pachacuti and other powerful
leaders throughout history. The Brotherhood is a collection of feared and beloved
mythical figures that shaped the world.
“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 uniformed,
unearned medals and invented awards.”- Orianna Fallaci, Interviews with History and Conversations with
In this new video portrait series, created with Maya, 3dMx and sandbox game engines, Solmi parodies the
iconography of Historical Portraiture with his own absurd portraits of the leaders, members of The Brotherhood,
an organization whose goal is to keep global chaos alive and well and to promote the degeneration of human
race. Through his portraits and short narrative videos Solmi exposes history as propaganda— fabricated,
manipulated, and carefully crafted by leaders and governments in order to suit their
ideals. He underscores how skewed, incomplete, and irresolute is our knowledge of
the past, and he challenges us to question our beliefs on history. Ultimately he
claims that through our own patriotic or religious partisanship, we may be
perpetuating the myth.
Federico Solmi (born in Italy, 1973) currently lives and works in New York. Upcoming museum
exhibitions include the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (solo), Centro Cultural Matucana 100,
Santiago, Chile (solo), MIT Boston, Artium Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art in Vitoria-
Gasteiz, Spain, and CA2M Centro De Arte Dos De Mayo, Madrid, Spain. Solmi's works have
been exhibited in several international biennials, such as Frankfurt B3 Biennial of Moving image
(forthcoming), First Shenzhen Animation Biennial, China (2013), the 54th Venice Biennial
(2011), and Site Santa Fe Biennial, New Mexico (2010). In 2009 Solmi was awarded the John
Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the category of Video & Audio by the Guggenheim
Foundation. Federico Solmi will teach an experimental filmmaking class at Yale University, New
Haven in 2016.