For Portfolio Enquiries and Writing Samples:

Joshua Leon is a writer, artist and researcher who works with a multidisciplinary blend of writing, performative gestures, stolen and restituted objects and exhibition making. He is also pursuing a PhD which combines these modes of practice with research into the poetics of lament, authenticity and Jewishness. By working through a combination of private, collaborative and intimate gestures his work attempts to address the lost and the dispossessed, and to consider how a practice can remain transitory, fragile and intimate in all its iterations. In achieving this consideration, he seeks to formulate spaces where reading, performance, hosting and the presentation of objects articulates a series of contingent relations and collaborations to others, from those close to him or those who have passed with whom he feels connected to. This builds out of a production of poetic texts which engage with a personal, philosophical and historical propulsion to consider the question of who do I address? and, who am I responsible for? Which in turn becomes the work of lament. The production of these texts produces an excess, in which objects and behaviours appear and attempt to speak for themselves. He considers this a manner of working that consistently contemplates the periphery and attempts to remain there, and therefore in his practice he addresses the edges of space and works from a position that remains away from the centre, which is predicated by a relation to his personal history as the grandson of Jewish refugees and émigré.



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              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


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

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

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, Guest Projects, London, UK

                      Histoire Naturelle, Montvalent Arts Festival, Montvalent, France

                      Show 2017, Royal College of Art, London, UK

                      A Fool Stumbles In, Brick Cube Space, London, UK

                      The Dose makes the Poison, Carousel, London, UK

                      Voice, Sound, Gesture #3, Lychee One Gallery, 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

                      Voice, Sound, Gesture #2, Lychee One, London, UK




2021              In/En Acting Roles, LaValle, Brussels, Belgium (forthcoming)

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

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

                      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


2020               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               Mahler Lewitt, Spoletto, Italy (forthcoming)

2019               Chisenhale Studios, London, UK


Joshua Leon  © 2020