Maude Léonard-Contant & Monia Ben Hamouda

Art, Exhibition, Milano

Opening: 15.05.2024 H18:00-20:00
Mon/Fri: 11:00-17:00
Thu: 11:00-20:00
Sat: 14:00-18:00

Art, Exhibition

Opening: 15.05.2024 H18:00-20:00
Mon/Fri: 11:00-17:00
Thu: 11:00-20:00
Sat: 14:00-18:00

Double show by
Maude Léonard-Contant & Monia Ben Hamouda

Maude Léonard-Contant and Monia Ben Hamouda share an interest in extensive material research and an exploration of language. Fragrant spices (turmeric, cumin or curry powder) or moulding sand, for example, appear in the installation-based, sculptural works of both artists, as do objects made of ceramic or wood. Materials from which Maude and Monia extract narratives, materials that also react unexpectedly or change over time. Language – translation processes, words, ephemeral sentences or linguistic images – is a working material and instrument for both artists to reflect on multilingualism, cultural reinterpretations or the untranslatability of certain words. In the double exhibition at the Istituto Svizzero in Milan, Maude and Monia are showing new works that were created in close dialogue between the two artists.


Istituto Svizzero
Via del Vecchio Politecnico 3, Milano
Free entry, no registration required

Opening hours:
Monday/Friday: 11:00-17:00
Thursday: 11:00-20:00
Saturday: 14:00-18:00

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Maude Léonard-Contant, originally from the Lanaudière 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-Näpflin 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, locally and abroad, among others: Museum of Fine Arts Chur, Kunsthalle Basel, 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; ChertLüdde, 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: MAXXI, Rome; FRAC Bretagne, Rennes; MACRO, Rome; FRAC Corsica, Corse.

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