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"The Good Samaritans", 2016 (Excerpt)
Acrylic paint, gold and silver leaf on plexiglass, Led screen, video loop, dimension: 38 x 58 in



"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 Power.

In his new video portrait series entitled, The Brotherhood, Solmi parodies the iconography of Historical Portraiture, creating his own absurd portraits of our most feared and beloved historic leaders. These mythical leaders are presented as members of The Brotherhood, an organization that has the goals to keep chaos in the world and promote the degeneration of human race. Solmi portrays history as propaganda— fabricated, manipulated, and carefully crafted by leaders and governments in order to suit their ideals. Solmi addresses how our knowledge of  the past is always skewed, incomplete, and irresolute. Solmi challenges us to question our beliefs on history and claims that through our own patriotic or religious partisanship, we may be perpetuating the myth.

The Father of his Country, 2015
acrylic, gold leaf, mixed media with LCD screen and video
52 x 34 inches

The Holy Master, 2015
acrylic, gold leaf, mixed media with LCD screen and video
52 x 34 inches

Video Portraits

Video Portraits, 2015, acrylic, gold leaf, mixed media with LCD screen 16x24 inches each

His Angry Lord

The Invader

He Who Shake The Earth

The Great Unifier

The Gift of God

The Almighty of Africa

The Brotherhood Triptych, 2015,  acrylic, gold leaf, mixed media with LCD screen and video 48 x 36 inches each

Panel 1 Triptych

Panel 2 Triptych

Panel 3 Triptych

Installation view Postmasters Gallery, New York, 2015

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