Abbas Akhavan | the artist




The artist Abbas Akhavan
Born 1977, Theran, Iran.
Lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Abbas Akhavan
Born in Tehran, Abbas Akhavan currently lives and works in Toronto. His practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance. For the past five years, the domestic sphere has been an ongoing research in Akhavan’s work. Much of the work explores the relationship between the house and nation state and how the trauma and systemic violence enacted upon civilians can be inherited and re-enacted within the family lineage, where the home becomes a forked space between hospitality and hostility. More recent works have shifted focus onto spaces just outside the home: the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes…

“Abbas Akhavan”:http://fusemagazine.org/2010/09/foiled-islands-abbas-akhavan’s-islands
You are standing underneath a palm tree looking up. The tree’s wide fronds extend out like an umbrella above your head. The sky is clear. It is sunny. Instead of protecting you from the sun, however, the tree glares back at you with its golden leaves. The trunk of the tree is solid black, but it’s flat fronds have been meticulously layered with sheets of 22-carat gold. The palm tree appears on a regular Xeroxed sheet of paper. It is a grainy black and white image, except that the palm leaves are highlighted with thin layers of gold…

Abbas Akhavan
His practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance. For the past five years, the domestic sphere has been an ongoing research in Akhavan’s work. Much of the early works explore the relationship between the house and nation state and how the trauma and systemic violence enacted upon civilians can be inherited and re-enacted within the family lineage – the home becoming a forked space between hospitality and hostility. More recent works have shifted focus onto spaces just outside the home – the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes…



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