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. 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. During his residency Leon worked on his Ph.D as well as various aspects of his practice, including diaristic writing and the development of new conceptual works.