Joshua Leon
Artist in Residence

Joshua Leon is a poet, writer and visual artist. Drawing on Jewish history, his work explores the lament as a space of criticality; as he describes it, “…slowly working on repairing the broken windows of ’38”.

His text-led actions, exhibitions, and performances demand witnesses and conspirators. They often involve eating and drinking, invitations to participate, or the use of communication networks such as the postal system. Conceived as opportunities for dialogue, where intimate experience is shared in a public sphere, the works encourage “new methods of caring, attending and repairing”. Central to recent research have been his provocations to theft, fugitivity, and smuggling which – whilst referencing the shared histories and contested borders of Europe – call into question contemporary notions of ownership and belonging.

Joshua is completing a Ph.D. at the Royal College of Art, London UK and has presented work at Futura, Prague in the group show Governmental Fires, curated by Cedric Fauq, as well as for KW’s Pogo Bar Podcasts, Berlin, Germany curated by Léon Kruijswijk, and a solo exhibition at Daily Practice, Rotterdam in 2020-2021. He has also published writing for Editorial Concreta, Spain and in CARE(LESS) a publication by MA BIBLIOTEQUE, London, UK.