Abbas Akhavan

Abbas Akhavan, Kids, Cats, and 1 Dog, 2017. Installation view at Sharjah Biennial 13, 2017. Image courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation

Abbas Akhavan, Kids, Cats, and 1 Dog, 2017. Installation view at Sharjah Biennial 13, 2017. Image courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation

Abbas Akhavan (b. 1977, Tehran, Iran) lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture, and performance. His research has been deeply influenced by the sites where he works: the architectures that house them, the economies that surround them, and the people that frequent them. 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). Recent exhibitions include Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (2017); Salt, Istanbul, Turkey (2017); David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK (2017); Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE (2017); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2016); and Delfina Foundation, London, UK (2012).