Cohen was born in 1962 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and lives in Lille, France. He is a visual and performance artist, staging interventions in the public realm and in gallery/theatre spaces.
He has performed extensively on the festival circuit, at such prestigious venues and events as Montpellier Danse; the Festival d'Automne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Festival d'Avignon; Munich Opera Festival, Bavarian State Opera; Festival Escena Contemporánea, Madrid; Bozar in Brussels; Oktoberdans, Bergen, Norway; and Canadian Stage, Toronto.
Cohen participated in the most recent National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (2018); the EVA International, Irish Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018); the 11th Havana Biennale (2012) and the first Aichi Triennale in Japan (2010). Notable group exhibitions include Lignes de vies – une exposition de légendes, Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris (2019); Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum and Brooklyn Art Museum, USA (2015-16); Chercher le garçon, Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France (2015); Josephine Baker and Le Corbusier in Rio – A Transatlantic Affair, Museu de Arte do Rio (2014); Black Milk: Holocaust in Contemporary Art, Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark (2014); My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (2013); Revolution vs Revolution, Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon (2012); No Fashion, Please: Photography between Gender and Lifestyle, Vienna Kunsthalle (2011); Dada South?, South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2009-10); and Under Pain of Death, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York (2008).
From 2003 to 2008 Cohen was an associated artist of the Ballet Atlantique/Régine Chopinot in La Rochelle, France. He has participated in residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Center for Performance Research in New York, and conducted workshops in Body Scenography at CIFAS (International Centre for the Performing Arts), Les Brigittines, Brussels, and Haute école des Arts du Rhin, Strasbourg, among many other institutions.