Born and based in Berlin, Leon Kahane grew up in the settings of the former GDR. His artistic practice is closely linked to his family history which is one of Jewish Holocaust survivors who came back to Germany. Experiences of migration, of belonging to a minority and of social and political incapabilities to properly deal with such issues are what lead to Leon Kahane’s interest in the relations between a global, cosmopolitain world and its individual, historic, private microcosms.
A constant dance performance in the format of a daily ballet rehearsal was the contribution of Leon Kahane to the ten-day program of the Moscow Biennial. Assuming a dichotomy of high culture and liberal arts, the performance aimed to combine both in order to debug their formal and political differences or similarities. His recent interest in the performative potential of existing material and cultural goods took the artist a step further as to his own participation in the performance where he will be taught a pas de deux by a professional Russian ballet dancer.