St. Mary le Strand- London

                                       Opening  15th October 2022 

CONEXIÓN at St. Mary Le Strand is a concrete example of dialogue between the Anglican Church, the Dominican Republic and the art of Lidia Leon to encourage coexistence of the individuals by integrating the language of art into architecture and the natural material into the sacred geometry of the space.

With this installation made of tobacco leaves, Lidia Leon Cabral has transformed St. Mary Le Strand - one beautiful example of the Baroque architecture in London- into a sort of agorà where diverse cultures can meet and live together. The tobacco plants, which situate the work in a Caribbean landscape and are a crucial part of the socioeconomic development of the Dominican Republic, are a recurring theme in LiLeón's imagery: she was born and raised in a prominent family of tobacco farmers. In the hands of the artist-architect, these large leaves become a raw material to be used in construction, keeping the essential link to Mother Nature open. The collage of tobacco leaves on the panels was inspired by the church's ancient stained-glass windows.

The artwork with the tobacco leaves was done site-specific for St. George's Anglican Church of Venice during the lockdown. CONEXION can be considered a historical work of art, created at a time of great uncertainty for the whole of humanity. A symbolic work, with a strong matrix of Caribbean culture that invites visitors to recognize their fraternal ties and to rediscover the strong bond with mother earth.

On the 20th May 2021 the UK newspaper, Architect's Journal, chose CONEXION as one of the "Best of the rest"of the Biennale.

Dominican Republic Pavilion


17.Biennale di Architettura di Venezia

CONEXIÓN, created by LiLeón for St. George's Anglican Church, is an interior architecture project and a concrete example of sustainable architecture that supports and encourages a state of coexistence between individuals inside the space.

CONEXIÓN, a work that integrates the language of art into interior architecture, has found a perfect home in Venice's Anglican church thanks to its character as a communal, vibrant space, open to all artistic expression. The Anglican church is a pluralistic one, where diverse theological tendencies come together in harmony. St. George's in particular acts as a spiritual center for many of Venice's international residents. For several years, the church has been pursuing a policy of cultural openness towards the city, hosting art exhibitions and concerts.

"Discovering the interconnections between science, nature and spirituality, revealing the link between the intangible and the visible. My work reiterates the awareness of feeling that I am a reflection of a collective reality broader than personal individual reality. It reveals that we are all interconnected, like drops from the same Ocean..." - Lidia León

Starting from this holistic vision, the architect León has created an installation of archetypal form, that will turn the church into a sort of agora where diverse cultures meet.

The interior design project is composed of panels made with tobacco leaves that create a dynamic and living space. Inside, visitors can recognize the infinite web of relationships that creates the fabric of society, and rediscover their own connection to nature.

We, humans of today, inextricably linked in this globalized world, must be more responsible than ever, since we have lived on our own skin and therefore understood what it means to act to the detriment of others and the world.

Any good or bad action we do towards society and the environment inevitably reflects on us and our microcosm.

"My work reaffirms the awareness of feeling myself the reflection of a collective reality that is wider than the personal individual reality, it reveals that we are all interconnected like drops of the same ocean ..." says the architect artist Lidia Leon.

And it is precisely in this thought of her, that she and I first, and immediately afterwards with the collaboration of all the participants in the Pavilion, we saw our answer to the question posed in the title of the 17. Architecture Biennale "How will we live together? ".

Roberta Semeraro narrator, art critic and independent curator, is president of the cultural association RO.SA.M. In her professional career she has collaborated with various institutional partners including the Ministry of Activities and Cultural Heritage for the promotion and enhancement of the Italian artistic heritage and with foreign Embassies and Governments for the promotion of international heritage. Active for several years, especially in Rome and Venice, in the organization and care of art exhibitions, she is dedicated in particular to sustainability projects through the languages ​​of contemporary art such as "Nine artists for the reconstruction" that designed for the city of L' Aquila after the earthquake of 2009. She has written books, texts for art catalogs, newspapers, script and screenplays for documentaries. She has curated exhibitions of numerous national and international; newspapers and media talked about her activities. In 2018 she published with Progedit her latest book "Rebuilding with art" which was presented at the Turin Book Fair in 2019.

She has three children Martina, Simonpietro and Costanza and lives and works in Venice.


Nine artists for reconstruction

Environmental Sculpture Project for the city of L'Aquila

Beverly Pepper, Mauro Staccioli, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Linda Karshan, Volkwing Marg

Cultural Association RO.SA.M.

Books, documentaries and other...

The library for L'Aquila by Linda Karshan

Beauty will save the world, and art and architecture should find beauty inspired by nature


Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali

Ministero della cultura Repubblica Dominicana

Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti d'America a Roma

Ambasciata Italiana a Santo Domingo

Ambasciata Repubblica Dominicana a Roma

Ambasciata Repubblica Dominicana a Londra

Ambasciata della Finlandia

Ambasciata di Svezia

Fondazione Terzo Pilastro

Fondazione CARISPAQ

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Spoleto

Fondazione Banca di Teramo

Comune di Venezia

Comune dell'Aquila

Comune di Palmanova

Comune di Roma

Comune di Perugia

Comune di Lampedusa

Comune di Spoleto

Comune di Todi

Comune di Longarone

Comune di Portogruaro

Comune di Venezia

Provincia autonoma di Trento

Regione Veneto

Regione Abruzzo

Regione Puglia

Regione Molise

Regione Friuli Venezia - Giulia

Regione Umbria

Soprintendenza alla Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Soprintendenza di Roma

Soprintendenza Archeologia Molise

Soprintendenza Archeologia Friuli Venezia-Giulia

Soprintendenza Archeologia Sardegna

Soprintendenza Archeologia L'Aquila e Cratere


Croce Rossa Italiana


KIEDET Tanzania Onlus

Fondazione Basso


Banco Popolare San Marco

Ateneo Veneto

Fondazione della Biennale di Venezia

Fondazione Venezia Servizi alla Persona

Fondazione Stauro

Fondazione Vajont

IRE , Venezia

Istituto di cultura Cervantes

Chiesa Anglicana di St. Georges, Venezia

Chiesa Anglicana di St. Mary le Strand, Londra

Global Campus of Human Rights

Università Ca' Foscari 

The Human Safety Net

Biblioteca Marciana 

Institutio Santoriana Fondazione Comel, Pisa 

IILA, Roma