"THE BALLROOM" video installation at Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, 2016
With his typical sardonic and irreverent approach, Federico Solmi has orchestrated a masquerade between history’s most feared and beloved leaders in his latest work, "The Ballroom".
In the installation, videos display surreal vignettes of a lavish ballroom party that converge multiple narratives of gluttony, gossip, and over the top exuberance.
The follies of each overly ambitious leader result in a chaotic festival of drinking, smoking, dancing, and feasting.
A vain display of ridiculous costumes, shining with medals and jewelry, promote a visual disorder that coalesces with the indulgent antics of these powerful figures. Rather than reimagining history, the leaders enter into our conceited present-