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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Federico Solmi: Evil Utopias

Federico Solmi: Evil Utopias

© Andrea Blanch

© Andrea Blanch

Interview by Andrea Blanch

AB: You are putting it in their face, but it has a humor to it, even though it’s very serious. You say people don’t want to connect with that, generally. Why do you think people have connected to your work?

FS: I think they don’t want to connect because usually satire is not very elegant or polite. It’s always brutal, direct, grotesque, and aggressive. I think my work is connecting better now because I am astute with experience, and of course I’m becoming an older and more mature artist. In the past, it used to be very aggressive, bloody, and stereotypical, because that was my way of doing things when I was younger. Now I think the satire and all of the critique is more polite—but also more efficient, because I understand now that you can be very efficient without being outrageous and obnoxious. You can direct your point without being cut out of events. 

©Federico Solmi, The Freedom Fighter, 2015

©Federico Solmi, The Freedom Fighter, 2015

The full interview appears in Issue No.16 Chaos published October 2016.

The Issue is available on http://museemagazine.com/magazine/musee-magazine-issue-no-16

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