Leon Kahane, Les Drancéens, 2021, exhibition view, Kunst im Traklhaus, photo: Rudolf Strobl
Exhibition opening Saturday, 17 July 2021, 4-8 pm
The exhibition Les Drancéens deals with the story of the "Cité de la Muette", a modernist residential complex built in the early 1930s in Drancy, a suburb of Paris. During the Nazi occupation, major sections of the Cité were used as the largest deportation camp in France. Kahane uses photography and video in his approach to this place and its history, which is closely connected with his own biography. These media are presented in an installation specially developed for the Galerie im Traklhaus, together with the work Jerricans to Can Jerry (2020).
Since 1973, the birthplace of poet Georg Trakl has housed "Kunst im Traklhaus", and has developed into a prestigious exhibition space for contemporary art. In co-operation with the Summer Academy, the solo exhibition Les Drancéens by Berlin artist Leon Kahane will open in July.
Leon Kahane, born in Berlin in 1985, creates conceptual video works, photographs and installations that centre on themes of migration, identity and coming to terms with majorities and minorities in a globalised society. His interest frequently focuses on geopolitical and social changes of the recent past. Time and again he calls attention to events and institutions that express the contradictions inherent in history. They reflect historical, political, economic and biographical aspects, which he takes up and explores in his works.
Especially the socio-cultural situatedness of current political debates and dynamics is central to his artistic approach, which is a form of cultural critique.
Exhibitions 2019Sag Shibbolet, Jewish Museum Munich, Munich (DE). Tell me about yesterday tomorrow, NS-Dokumentationszentrum Munich, Munich. 2018Sag Shibbolet, Jewish Museum Hohenems, Hohenems (AT). Brauchen wie einen linken Populismus, ACUD MACHT NEU, Berlin. Der Wert der Freiheit, Belvedere 21, Vienna. 2017ars viva 2017, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (DE). How to live together, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. Conditions of Political Choreography, NBK, Berlin. Dejima, GAK, Bremen (DE). Belonging to a Place, Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto (CA). 2016 For Official Use Only, GFZK Leipzig, Leipzig (DE). L’exposition Imaginaire, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. ars viva 2017, kunstmuseum kloster unser lieben frauen, Magdeburg (DE). Pas de Deux, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. 2015Republic of Boxes, uqbar, transmediale, Berlin. The Future of Memory, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. How to Live Together, 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow. 2014Disappearing Things, 55th October Salon, Belgrade. 2013The World Is Stable Now, Gallery Alexander Levy, Berlin. Idiopolis, ReMap 04, Athens. Seen By, Museum für Photographie, Berlin. 2012The History of Now, F-Stop Festival for Photography, Leipzig. Desertmed, NGBK, Berlin. 2011Exit Strategies with Fabian Bechtle, Artitude Art Association, Berlin. Melanchotopia, Witte de With, Rotterdam (NL). 2010 final degree exhibition of Ostkreuz School for Photography. Glaube Liebe Hoffnung, c/o Berlin.
Education 2018 Founding of the Forum Democratic Culture and Contemporary Art 2014 Residency in Hong Kong 2011–14 Assistant to Hito Steyerl 2010 Assistant to Wolfgang Tillmans 2010 (ongoing) Student at the University of the Arts, Visual Arts faculty, Berlin 2007–10 Photographic studies at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin.
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