Abbas Akhavan

b. 1977 Tehran, Iran
Resides in Toronto, Canada

http://abbasakhavan.com/

 Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Monument (2013-16) Bronze on cotton sheets. Size Variable  Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid Courtesy of Mercer Union, Abraaj Group Art Prize and the Family Servais Collection

Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Monument (2013-16)
Bronze on cotton sheets. Size Variable
Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid
Courtesy of Mercer Union, Abraaj Group Art Prize and the Family Servais Collection

Abbas Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. The direction of his research has been deeply influenced by the specificity of the sites where he works: the architectures that house them, the economies that surround them, and the people that frequent them. The domestic sphere, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of research in his practice. More recent works have shifted focus, wandering onto spaces and species just outside the home – the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes.

Akhavan is the recipient of Kunstpreis Berlin (2012), The Abraaj Group Art Prize (2014), the Sobey Art Award (2015), and the Fellbach Triennial Award (2016).