Leon Billerbeck (*1995 in Hamburg) is an artist living and working in Leipzig, currently studying photography in the field of contemporary art at the Academy of Arts in Leipzig, where he is experimenting with a diverse spectrum of media, developing conceptual, though improvisational artistic gestures as transformative open processes. Important to his work is the reflection of digital phenomena in contemporary society as opposed to the tactility and intensity of matter and physical/corporal experiences, as well as aspects of spirituality, ritual and performativity.



   







Education

2020-X Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Photography in the Field of Contemporary Arts  (Prof. Loretta Fahrenholz)

2017-18 Escola das Artes, UCP Porto, Sound Design, Porto, Portugal.

2015-19 Bauhaus-University Weimar, BFA Media Arts & Design (Prof. Ursula Damm & Prof. Björn Dahlem)


Solo Exhibitions

10/2019 Ataxia/Ataraxia, BFA degree show, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany.

09/2018 Foreign Landscapes, Galerie Anne-Claire Simon, Paris, France.


Group Exhibitions

04/2022 UPS_PSU_SPU_PUS_USP, MyPlace Selfstorage, Leipzig, Germany.

02/2022 Fibre to the dirt, Annual Academy Exhibition, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, Germany.

01/2022 Gute Aussichten, Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany.

11/2022 Ein Impuls, Öffentlicher Raum, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany.

09/2021 Welten Wende, Horror Vacuii Art Space, Leipzig, Germany.

08/2021 50/50 Brocken (w/ Jakob Kukula), CURA X ROH ART, Berlin, Germany.

07/2021 You are not the only one, Bistro 21, Leipzig, Germany.

07/2021 Welten Ende, Horror Vacuii Art Space, Leipzig, Germany.

07/2021 Polyphon (supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes) , Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, Germany.

06/2021 Gute Aussichten, Landesmuseum Koblenz, Germany.

05/2021 Birra Gallery, Anuário‘20, Galeria Municipal Do Porto, Porto, Portugal.

03/2021 Gute Aussichten, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany.

10/2020 Spaziergang im See, State Of The Art Festival, Hildesheim, Germany.

09/2020 Festival Für Selbstgebaute Musik, Raw Gelände, Berlin, Germany.

07/2020 Art Biesenthal, Roh Art, Biesenthal, Germany.

01/2021 Gone Fishing, De Liceiras 18, Porto, Portugal.

10/2019 Berlin Photo Week, Der Greif, Kraftwerk, Berlin, Germany.

05/2019 Streaming Pictures, Museum für angewandte Künste Köln (MAKK), Cologne, Germany.

04/2019 Republic of Spirits, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany.

03/2019 Sprung 3, ARTHOUSE.NYC, New York City, USA.

02/2019 Einfach machen! (w/ Jannis Uffrecht), Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany.

12/2018 Display, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany.

11/2018 Einfach machen! (w/ Jannis Uffrecht), Public Interventions, Paris.

11/2018 Photo Brussels Festival, Hangar Art Center, Brussels, Belgium.

10/2018 Semibreve, Media Art Festival, gnration, Braga, Portugal.

07/2018 Grand Ouvert - Bauhaus Photography, Kunsthaus Erfurt, Germany.

05/2018 Osmose Spectrale, Ausstellungsraum, Vienna, Austria.

11/2017 Carte Blanche Étudiants, Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France.

10/2017 Carte Blanche Étudiants, Gare du Nord, Paris, France.

04/2017 Studio Vortex Artist Residency, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, Arles, France.

07/2016 Family & Madness (curated by Nina Röder), Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany.

04/2016 Agar!Agar!, Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany.

01/2016 Mess With Tech, Sense And Thinking, Transmediale, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany.


Awards & Grants


02/2022 Fine Arts Project Grant (Culture Department Saxony)

09/2021 Vonovia Award for Photography (Emerging Talent Award Shortlist)

06/2021 Kultur Neustart Grant (Studentenwerk Leipzig)

01/2021  Gute Aussichten - Young German Photography.

07/2020 Bauhaus Kreativ-Fonds.

03/2020 Deutscher Jugend Fotopreis (German Youth Photo Award).

07/2017  Carte Blanche Étudiants Emerging Photographer Award by Paris Photo and Picto.

05/2020 Bauhaus Kreativ-Fonds.

04/2017 Fashion Clip Award by Bauhaus-University Weimar in Co-Operation With European Design Award.


Residencies

10-12/2022  Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, South Korea (upcoming)

06-07/2022 Røst AiR, Lofoten, Norway.

01-02/2020 De Liceiras, Porto, Portugal.

03/2017        Studio Vortex (W/ Antoine D‘Agata), Arles, France.


Publications & Releases


06/2021 Good Morning Beautfiul. Good Bye World (Ataxia/Ataraxia), self-released limited cassette tape.

10/2020 Nebelsonne Meeresrausch Rausch Rausch (w/ Jakob Tress), self-published photography magazine.

01/2020 Of Vague Sketches - TAPE001, self-released limited cassette tape.

01/2018  &and (w/ Bartu Kaan Özdişçi and Adrian Fear), self-published photography magazine.


Other Activities

Since 2020  Co-Founder of interdisciplinary arts & architecture collective “Sunburn Gaze”. 

Since 2020  Member of art association “De Liceiras” in Porto.

Since 2017  Co-Founder of “Carte Blanche Collective” of international emerging photographers.

Since 2016  “ROH” artist collective.

08/2016       Tutor At Bauhaus Summer School in Arts & Design.






© 2022 Leon Billerbeck