Art, Exhibition, Milano

Finissage 05.07.2024

Art, Exhibition

Finissage 05.07.2024

The double exhibition at Istituto Svizzero in Milan, showcases the works of Maude Léonard-Contant and Monia Ben Hamouda. This collaborative effort between the two artists is driven by their shared fascination with materials and language exploration. Fragrant spices, molding sand, ceramic or metal intertwine in their installations, each material carrying narratives that unfold unexpectedly over time. Language serves as their medium, delving into translation processes, ephemeral sentences, and cultural reinterpretations, inviting reflection on multilingualism and the untranslatable. The title, NYX, alludes to the Greek goddess and embodiment of the night, who was born out of chaos and who accompanied the two artists in their work on the exhibition.

Finissage NYX
05.07.2024 H:19:00

For the closing evening of the double show, we will host exhibition visit with the artists Maude Léonard-Contant, Monia Ben Hamouda and curator Gioia Dal Molin. Following that, there will be a DJ set with SAYRI.

SAYRI is a platform/event format based in Milan and curated by Sonia Garcia, Amazon and Carlitx Manzano, recently joined, who amplifies the artist practices of Abya Yala and its diaspora. Since early 2020 SAYRI has operated as a collective, club night and curatorial project. Their dj sets span from Andean to Brazilian references, drawing connections to contemporary Latin American club culture.

Attilia Fattori Franchini in conversation with Monia Ben Hamouda, Maude Leonard-Contant, and Gioia Dal Molin


Maude L√©onard-Contant (1979, Joliette) originally from the Lanaudi√®re region (Canada/Turtle Island), formerly Atikamekw territory, has been living in Switzerland since 2013. Her chosen territories since relocation are Central Switzerland, Poschiavo and Basel, where she works and raises a family. Her artistic work is fuelled by a back-and-forth between language and matter, as well as by reminiscences of a time when the more-than-humans ruled her life. She studied in Montreal (UQAM, Concordia University) and Glasgow (Glasgow School of Art). She is the recipient of several awards including the Frey-N√§pflin Foundation’s work year and UBS Foundation recognition grant, the Spot on Prize, the Christina Spoerri Prize, and the Prize of the Lucerne Kunstgesellschaft. She has exhibited her work in different venues, among others: Museum of Fine Arts Chur, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Mayday, Basel; Swiss Art Awards, Basel; Darling Foundry, Montreal; Abrons Art Center, NYC; Tramway, Glasgow; and recently held solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Luzern (2023) and Kunsthaus Baselland (2022).

Monia Ben Hamouda (1991, Milan) is a Tunisian-Italian visual artist, based between Milan and al-Qayrawan. She earned a BFA at Brera Academy of Fine Art in Milan. Her work was exhibited in venues like: Kunsthalle Wien, Wien; MAXXI, Rome; MUDEC, Milan; FRAC Bretagne, Rennes; MUSEION, Bozen; MACRO, Rome; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; ChertL√ľdde, Berlin; Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz; Ar/ge Kunst, Bozen. She is currently a finalist in the Maxxi Bvlgari Prize 2024. She was awarded the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation Grant (2024), the Italian Council for Contemporary Art (2023), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2022), the Art Business Accelerator Grant (2020) and the Ducato Contemporary Art Prize (Special award, 2021); she was also a finalist of the Club Gamec Prize VI (2022). Her work is featured in public collections such as: MAXXI, Rome; FRAC Bretagne, Rennes; MACRO, Rome; FRAC Corsica, Corse.


Istituto Svizzero
Via del Vecchio Politecnico 3, Milano
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