Federico Baronello (b.1968 Italy) works with analytical photography and the design of exhibition structures, with sporadic incursions in the exercise of contemporary art critique. His research essentially focus on the documentation of the effects of globalization in the Mediterranean area and on technology as an agent for the construction of new cultural forms.
Among the most recent works, the photographic series resulting from the residence at the botanical park of the Radicepura Foundation in 2017 has disclosed some of the main topics related to the current emergency of the pandemic: The reproduction of the landscapes of industrial cultivations of typical Mediterranean botanical species, threatened by bacteria and parasites (red weevil and Xylella), precisely pointed to the fragility intrinsic also to an apparently irrefutable production system.
Since 1999, Baronello has been a member of *Candy Factory, an international collective based in Japan, collaborating with artists Takuji Kogo and Mike Bode with whom he has developed multimedia works that explore the effects of globalization in everyday space.
Baronello has also collaborated with science research centers such as the Southern National Laboratories of the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN-LNS) and the Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems of the Italian Research Council (IMM-CNR). For the INFN-LNS he documented the experimental missions of NEMO, the first Italian implementation of KM3Net, the European research infrastructure project for a gigantic Cherenkov telescope to be built on the Mediterranean seabed. This activity was also an inherent part of Baronello’s artistic research as it has often been combined with the documentation of some aspects of the phenomenon of migrations from MENA countries, carried out with makeshift boats to Sicily.
Federico Baronello had exhibitions at: the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik and the NGBK in Berlin; the Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg; the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München; Žilinskas gallery, Kaunas; Arte Fiera Bologna; Artissima art fair, Turin; Miart fair, Milan; AuditoriumArte in Rome; Fondazione Morra in Naples; Fondazione Radicepura, Giarre; Fondazione Brodbeck in Catania; Riso Sicilian Museum of Contemporary Art in Palermo; The Delaware Contemporary, Delaware; the Private Museum in Singapore; the Yokohama Triennale and the Kitakyushu Biennial.
His works are part of public art collections at the Art Institute Kitakyushu, Japan; the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München; the Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania.
Federico Baronello is represented by the gallery of Gianluca Collica & Co., Catania.