Joshua Leon

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Joshua Leon

  • 23 Feb 2024 — 21 Apr 2024

Joshua Leon is a poet, writer, and visual artist. Taking lamentation as a space of critical engagement, his text-led processes produce exhibitions and performances that bind memoir with historical research. For his Chisenhale Gallery commission, and most expansive site-sensitive installation to date, Leon will explore the misnomers, erasures, and disquiet held in the building’s history, binding them with those of his own family. Spanning sculpture and sound, Leon’s new installation will trace a collapsing of memories and histories to offer a nuanced exploration of Jewish identity, where absence and ellipses transition from socially imposed to politically intentional. Leon’s first publication will be developed alongside the commission.


Joshua Leon lives and works in London. Selected exhibitions include: Revision, PEER Gallery, London (2022); POST, Barbican, London (2022); Expo in a Box, Frac Lorraine, Metz (2022) Governmental Fires, FUTURA, Prague (2021); Loose Routes Along the Familiar, Madonna del Pozzo, Spoleto (2021); Attendance(s) Close to the Close, Daily Practice, Rotterdam (2020); The Same Tendency, Summer Hall Place, Edinburgh (2019), and Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Berlin Biennale (2018).

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Joshua Leon, Research image (2024). Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London. Courtesy of the artist.

Chisenhale Gallery
64 Chisenhale Road
London E3 5QZ