Upcoming Artist

Abbas Akhavan: Memories on Joseph Beuys

Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Garden, 2012, Delfina Foundation, London Residency

Born in Tehran, Iran, Abbas Akhavan has been living in Canada since 1992 receiving a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His background in Art History and Visual Arts has taken his artistic practice through a variety of mediums including painting, installation, video/performance and site-specific ephemeral work.
Akhavan’s recent works focus on domestic spaces and those just outside the home – the garden, the backyard, and other landscapes. He explores the powerful relationships rooted in the domestication of nature and the territorial use of space to emphasize the ritualistic nature of (art) spaces and art viewing but, more importantly, to render the audience as active viewers and impending voyeuristic trespassers.
Akhavan taught at the Emily Carr University of Fine Art & Design in Vancouver from 2006 - 2009. His work has been exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally at Vancouver Art Gallery and Artspeak, Canada; Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Uplands Gallery, Australia; Le Printemps de septembre, France; and The Third Line, Qatar and Dubai. Akhavan currently resides in Toronto.

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