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).

Past Exhibitions

Abbas Akhavan: Recently

The Third Line
19/03/2018 — 14/04/2018

Abbas Akhavan: Variations on a Garden

DRAF: David Roberts Art Foundation
20/01/2017 — 18/03/2017


Maraya Art Centre
01/03/2015 — 16/05/2015

Abbas Akhavan: Study for a Curtain

The Third Line
16/03/2015 — 18/04/2015

Solo Shows

upcoming: Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland 2019
upcoming: Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, Canada
Casas Riegner. Bogota, Colombia Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada

upcoming: Protocinema, Istanbul The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Recently, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany Variations on a garden, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
They struck a tree with an axe, Salt Galata, Istanbul, Turkey
Variations on a garden, David Robert Foundation, London UK

Kids, Cats and 1 Dog, Flora ars+natura, Bogota, Colombia
Singing Softly When No One is Around, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada Neighbours, Dunlop Gallery, Regina, Canada (a collaboration with Marina Roy)

Study for a Monument, Artspeak, Vancouver, Canada
Variations on a Garden, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada
Study for a Monument, Statements, Basel, Switzerland
Study for a Curtain, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

Group Shows

upcoming: Fetish for Freedom, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy
Beautiful world, where are you? Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano, Milan, Italy
to clear the ground of weeds, Hessel Museum of Art – Bard College. Annandale-on-Hudson, USA
Belonging to a Place, The Embassy of Canada in Washington, USA

Prospect 4, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, USA
Vacancies, Towards Gallery, Toronto, Canada
A Poethical Wager, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, USA
Sleep Variations, Nuit Blanche in collaboration with Kristina Lee Podesva, Toronto, Canada
Propped, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
Belonging to a Place, Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah, UAE

Making Nature: How we see animals, Welcome Foundation, London, UK
I stood before the source, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, Canada
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Food, Fellbach Triennial of small-scale sculptures, Fellbach, Germany
Répétition, Fondation Boghossian – Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium