Federico Baronello (b.1968 Italy) is an artist and a documentary photographer (still and motion pictures). His ongoing research essentially focuses on the effects of globalization in the Mediterranean area. His practice takes into consideration the complex context of the cultural industry, hence the mix – whernever possible – of the research’s results with the final use of the work, that is to say its communication purposes.
Federico Baronello has also been a member of the Japanese based Artists Collective *Candy Factory since 1999 and, among the group’s peers, has ongoing collaborations with artists Mike Bode and Takuji Kogo with whom he has been developing multimedia works exploring globalization effects on everyday space .
As a producer of multimedia publishing for corporate identity, Federico Baronello has had major collaborations with museum bodies such as the Science Museum of the University of Catania and scientific laboratories such as the Laboratories of the South of the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN- LNS) and the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems of the Italian Research Council (IMM- CNR). A peculiar professional activity, such as the documentation of the sperimental missions of NEMO, first Italian implementation of KM3Net, the European research infrastructure project for a gigantic Cherenkov telescope to be constructed at the seabed of the Mediterranean Sea.
Indeed, this activity was embedded in the context of Baronello’s artistic research, for instance that of documenting and collecting information on the phenomenon of irregular immigration with makeshift boats in the southern coasts of Sicily. A dramatic juxtaposition that also reveals a quite unexpected character of modernity in the Mediterranean.
Federico Baronello has exhibited work at: the Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg; the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München; the NGBK and the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin; AuditoriumArte in Rome; Fondazione Morra in Naples; Riso Sicilian Museum of Contemporary Art in Palermo; Fondazione Brodbeck in Catania; 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 galleria collicaligreggi, Catania.