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Miriam Laura Leonardi, Animation 4, 2016. MP4 File, no sound, presented on tablet. 15 seconds looped. Screenshot. Courtesy of the artist.

Miriam Laura Leonardi, The Pink Handbook, 2015. A theater play in 5 acts and a requiem after "The Balcony" by Jean Genet in collaboration with Géraldine Beck. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Quentin Heizmann.

Miriam Laura Leonardi, Aliens &, 2018 6. HD video, sound. 15 minutes. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Max Reitmeier.

Miriam Laura Leonardi, Pair of Shoes (Euro Size 38), 2017. Handmade shoes (wood, thread, leather). Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Annik Wetter.

Miriam Laura Leonardi works across site-specific projects, installations, collaborations and ephemeral gatherings, to interrogate language and signs as constructs of meaning and find the contemporary character of information. Translation is central to her practice, specifically in the production, expansion and dissemination of knowledge. Her work attempts to bear witness to the tension created by the demand for classification and continual increase in accessible knowledge, occurring whilst our vocabulary and ability to adequately convey psychological and political conditions simultaneously diminishes. At the root of these concerns is the question of if there can ever be an ideal speech situation.

During her residency at Gasworks, Leonardi will continue her research on the writings of Edward T. Hall, specifically the books The Silent Language and The Hidden Dimension which consider cultural concepts of space and aspects of non-verbal communication. This research will inform the production of a film that will reflect on speech, translation and ways in which an individual and the social are interlinked. 


Miriam Laura Leonardi lives and works in Zurich. She gained an MA in Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include Help in the Search Fri-Art, Kunsthalle Fribourg; Artissima Sound, Torino (both 2018); C‘est la vie de l‘histoire, Artissima, Torino (2017); Orphan at the Cemetery, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich (2016); and Life as a Guest, Marbriers 4, Geneva (2015). Recent group exhibitions include Close (with Claudia Lemke), Caletta, Basel (2018); Alpina Huus, Le Commun, Geneva; Interiors, Maria Bernheim, Zurich; For Half a Tank of Gas, New Glarus, Wisconsin all 2017); La vitesse des images, Istituto Svizzero, Rome; Swiss Art Awards, Basel; Tbilisi 16, Tbilisi; and How to cut your throat and smile, SCHLOSS, Oslo (all 2016). Together with Ben Rosenthal she is the cofounder of the artist-run-space ADAR.

Miriam Laura Leonardi’s residency is supported by Pro Helvetia