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.