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.



Current          Ph.D. Candidate (Arts & Humanities) Royal College of Art, London, UK

2015 -2017     MA Photography Royal College of Art, London, UK

2011 -2014     BA Photography, University of the Arts, London, UK



Solo Exhibitions


2020-2021 Attendance(s) Close to the Close, Daily Practice, Rotterdam, Netherlands


Two-Person Exhibitions


2019           Your Head, Mind w/Luli Perez, Chisenhale Art Place, London, UK

                   Pendre la Crémaillère (Housewarming) w/ Jean Feline, Light Eye Mind, London, UK

                   The Social w/Jean Feline, Chisenhale Art Place, London, UK

2018           FALLEN w/ Adam Glibbery, Studio Riverlight, London, UK

                   INHALE w/ Adam Glibbery, Filet, London, UK


Group Shows


2022          An Incomplete A-Z of Art and Poetry, Mahler +LeWitt Studios, London, UK

2021           Governmental Fires, Futura, Prague, Czech Republic

                   Worst Case Scenario, Kqora, Paris, France

                   Performing Dawns, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK

2020          RIEN N’AURA EU LIEU (Nothing will have taken place), Pop Arles, France

2019           Rehearsing the Real, Peckham24, London, UK

                   You, Me and Everybody Else, One Room Gallery, London, UK

                   The Same Tendency, Summer Hall Place, Edinburgh, UK

2018           Adventitious Encounters, Open Space Contemporary, London, UK

                   DO IT! Domestic, Lødz, Poland

                   Ariadne, Dyson Gallery, London

                   Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Berlin Bienniale, Berlin, Germany

2017           Lost Senses curated by Linda Rocco, Guest Projects, London, UK

                   Histoire Naturelle curated by Margaux Bonopera, Montvalent Arts Festival, Montvalent, France

                   Show 2017, Royal College of Art, London, UK

                   The Dose makes the Poison, Carousel, London, UK

                   The Readers, tête, Berlin, UK

                   Near Sighted, P.P.S, London, UK

2016           Cuticle, Diaspore Project Space, London, UK

                   One Life, Live Well, Team Titanic & Gully Havoc, Berlin, Germany






2022                    Kounsel: Post in collaboration with Abbas Zahedi, Barbican, London

                  ‘Tears of Conceptualism’ with Cedric Fauq, ARCO Madrid, Spain

2021            Lamentation No.1: A Smuggler's Guide to Loss, PogoBar Podcasts, KW, Berlin, Germany

                    In/En Acting Roles, LaValle, Brussels, Belgium (forthcoming)

2020           An Unfinished History of Glass pt 1 & 2, Artists and Allies, Berlin, DE

                   Call and Response, NAFAE, London, UK

                   Long Table: Lament, South London Gallery, London, UK

                   The Conch, curated by Cédric Fauq, South London Gallery, London, UK

                   Open Space Contemporary Launch, Swiss Church, London, UK

2019           Solitary Pleasures, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2018           Orlando Journal #3 Launch, The Horse Hospital, London, UK

                   Syntropic Surfaces, Hamburg Photo Triennial, Hamburg, Germany

                   Syntropic Surfaces, Parallel Platform, Lisbon, Portugal

                   Lethe, A Corner With, London, UK

2017           I’ll be more social tomorrow, Chalton Gallery, London, UK

                   Bapor Tabo(o), Inventory Platform, London, UK

                   Surrounding 12, Bunker Club, London, UK

2016           Paper, Performance, Publication, Lychee One, London, UK


Selected Writing


2021           Just as bad as the Last, Editorial Concreta, Spain, Online

                   As if you Cared, Carelessness, MA Biblioteque, London, UK

2020          High Tides im Eiscafé, Baby w/ Paula Linke, Galerie in der Wassermühle Trittau, Hamburg, Germany

                   An Unfinished History of Glass, Prova Research Journal, UK

                   To say something when there is so little to say, Open Space Contemporary Online, UK

                   Sociality in the time of Grief, Still Point Journal, UK

2019           Sam Williams at SMH AGM, Fad Magazine, UK

2018           In which silence commands space, VO Curations, London, UK

                   Ecstatic Body, Orlando Journal #3, London, UK

                   Howie Street Quadruplet, Everyday Press, London, UK

                   Static, The N.O.N, Online Journal for Contemporary Writing, Berlin, DE

                   The Poetics of Self HelpIAAC (International Art Awards for Criticism), UK & China

                   Perpetual Inventory, Offline Press, London, UK

                   The Man with the Midas Touch, GAIA Art Foundation, London, UK

2017           The Double, Double, Spectrum Artists Moving Image Network, London, UK

                   Seamless Territories, Blyth Gallery, London, UK

                   Faith and Trust, Feeling Lost Journal, Northampton, UK

                   Modo de Usar & Co, Brazil

2016           Cabaret Wittgenstein, Berlin, DE




2020          Visiting Professor, Vilinius Academy of Arts, Vilinius, Lithuania

                   Visiting Lecturer, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

                   Visiting Lecturer, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK

                   Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2019           Visiting Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK

                   Workshop Lead, Chisenhale Studios, 2019 (Writing Workshop), London, UK

2018           Visiting Lecturer, RCA, London UK

2017           Visiting Lecturer, London College of Communication UAL, London, UK




2021           PINK, Manchester, UK

                   Mahler Lewitt, Spoletto, Italy

2019           Chisenhale Studios, London, UK


Public Collections


                  Frac Lorraine, Metz, France


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