Born in Berlin, Leon Kahane grew up in the setting of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). His artistic practice is closely linked to his family history which is one of Jewish Holocaust survivors who returned to Germany. Kahane studied at the Ostkreuz School of Photography Berlin and the Berlin University of the Arts. His video and photographic works address themes such as migration and political protest from a conceptual perspective that examines the complexity of visual media as a document of social reality. Kahane lives in Berlin and Tel Aviv, two cities with very different backgrounds that determine and propel his multifaceted approach. He is a recipient of the 2017 ars Viva Prize for Visual Arts.