Blog / Food Edition III

Leone Contini


Leone lives and works in Florence, Italy where his research focuses on intercultural frictions, conflict and power relations, displacement, migration and diasporas. For his practice, Contini borrows the tools of contemporary anthropology in order to short-circuiting spheres of common feelings and significance through the use of lecture performances, collective interventions in public space, textual and audio-visual narratives, blogging and self-publishing. Most recently, Contini has participated in The Politics of Food, at Delfina Foundation, London, 2014; in 2013 he has been artist-in-residence at Tirana Art Lab, Albania; in 2012 he has been artist-in-residence for #1 Under Construction Open Residency – Beirut/Milano, Italy and Lebanon.
Themes of migration continue to inform Contini’s investigations into the cultures of food, during his residency at Khoj. The early stages of his research have led him to investigate the existent migrant populations residing in the Khirkee community, and understanding the local context. During his time ‘getting lost’ on the streets, Continti has been drawn to the culture of ‘Momos’ as street food – in particular, the aspect of this migratory cuisine becoming one of the most widespread and easily available street foods in Delhi. As dumplings are already a relevant medium to Contini’s art practice, researching, collectively making, hybridizing and eating momos in India- will be a continuation of his work.