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He has exhibited or held intervention at: Mudec, Milano, 2017; Quadriennale, Roma, 2016; Cittadellarte, Biella, 2016; Topane i-Amire, Istanbul, 2016; 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Georgia, 2015; D-0 Ark Underground Biennial, Bosnia, 2015; Kronika + Imago Mundi, Bytom and Krakow, 2015; Delfina Foundation, London, 2015 and 2014; MART, Rovereto, 2015; Galleria Civica, Trento, 2014; Khoj, New Delhi, 2014; Kunstraum, Munich, 2014; Villa Romana, Florence, 2014; DOCVA, Milano, 2014 and 2015; Kunstverein, Amsterdam 2013; Tirana Art Lab, Tirana, 2013; UNIDEE, Biella, 2013; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, 2012; Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan, 2012; Chan, Genova, 2012.


Among the residency programs attended: “Walking”, Carnia, 2016; “Residenza Connettiva”, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, 2016; “Ottomans and Europeans”, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, 2015; Kronika, Bytom, Poland, 2015; “The Politics of Food”, Delfina Foundation, London, 2014 and 2015; “InContext: - Food Ed. III”, Khoj, New Delhi, 2014; Tirana Art Lab, Tirana, 2013; “#1 Under Construction Open Residency”, 89weeks and Zico House (Beirut) and Frigoriferi Milanesi (Milano), 2012.


Leone Contini

Artraker Biennial Awards 2017


Unlike other seed banks my archive is collection of seeds that are “informally” moving around the globe within the networks of migrations. The starting point of my research is my neighborhood in Tuscany, where Chinese migrants grow gardens of chinese crops. By planting their seeds in a “stranger” soil they make this place familiar and inhabitable. On the other side the presence of allochthonous seeds is perceived by the locals as a threaten to their identity. A paradoxical war was declared by the Institutions against these peaceful farmers, often resulting in the confiscation of their lands. Later I realized that many other migrant groups are growing their own crops in Italy. since several years


I started collecting these migrant seeds, dealing with various communities: Sri Lankans and Bengali in Rome, Pakistani asylum seekers in Piedmont, Senegali people in Veneto. This is just a little fragment of a huge urban-rural landscape of variety.




Leone Contini, 

Migrant Seeds Bank, a living archive of differences



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