Chinese farmers and la dolce vita? A culinary feast of the hybrid society.
On the Italian peninsula a new, secret country has grown - ToskaChina. While the Italian population fears their local identity to be threatened by Chinese immigrants, Leone Contini celebrates the fruits of the migration society through the examples of revitalized agriculture and culinary hybrid cuisine. In a combination of cooking class, lecture performance and pop-up restaurant, the audience can enjoy new traditions that have emerged from the convergence of different (vegetable) cultures.
Leone Contini (b. Florence, 1976) studied philosophy and cultural anthropology at the University of Siena. His research finds its place at the intersection between creative practice and ethnography. Leone Contini focuses primarily on intercultural conflicts, power dynamics, migrations, and diasporas, and how all these phenomena influence the anthropological context and the botanical landscape in the places where he works. His practices include lecture/performances, events in public spaces, text and audio-visual narrations, and drawings. He has held events and exhibited at SAVVY in Berlin, IAC in Villeurbanne, Manifesta 12 in Palermo, the MUDEC in Milan, the Delfina Foundation in London, the Kunstverein in Amsterdam, and the Kunstraum in Munich, among others. Leone lives and works in Tuscany, Italy.