Abbas Akhavan – CV

Abbas Akhavan
b. 1977, Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in Montreal, Canada


  • 2006 Master of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2024 Tête-Bêche, with Merikokeb Berhanu, Bortolami, New York, USA
  • 2023 Curtain Call, variations on a folly, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Cast for a folly
    , Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Omay, Djamal, Albert. hiver 1982; Lights In The City 1999, Dazibao Satellite, Montreal, Canada
  • 2022 cast for a folly, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    study for a garden, Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland
  • 2021 curtain call, variation on a folly, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
  • 2019 They asked the fox, “Who is your witness?” He said, “My tail.”, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
    script for an island, Fogo Island Gallery, Fogo Island, Canada
    cast for a folly, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
  • 2018 Folly, Vie d’ange, Montreal, Canada
    Variations on a Landscape, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    recently, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
  • 2017 Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany
    variations on a garden, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
    They hit a tree with an axe, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey
    variations on a garden, DRAF Studio, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
  • 2016 Neighbours, with Marina Roy, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada
    Singing Softly When No One’s Around, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
    KIDS CATS AND 1 DOG, FLORA ars+natura, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2015 variations on a garden, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada
    Study for a Curtain, The Third Line, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Artspeak, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2013 Study for a Glasshouse, Peel Art Gallery, Brampton, Canada
    Galeri Manâ, Istanbul, Turkey
    green house, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2012 Study for a Garden, Delfina Foundation, London, UK
    Fire/Fire, with Marina Roy, Centre A and Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver, Canada
    Beacon, The Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada
  • 2011 Hawkers, Images Festival, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada
    Correspondences, Modern Fuel, Kingston, Canada
    2nd May Day, Convenience Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2010 Islands, The Third Line, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2009 Sitings, AXENÉO7, Gatineau, Canada
    Neighbours, with Marina Roy, DAÏMÕN, Gatineau, Canada
  • 2008 Neighbours, with Marina Roy, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2007 Correspondences, Stratagem Pacific Consulting, Vancouver, Canada
    Vacate, Storage Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2024 As We Move Away From the Sun, apexart, Allan Gardens, Toronto, Canada
    At the Edge of Land, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE
    Survival in the 21st Century, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
    Les Forces du Sommeil – Cohabitations des vivants, Manif d’art, La biennale de Québec, Quebec City, Canada
  • 2023 Un Cane, Senza Guinzaglio, Spazio Orr, Brescia, Italy
    Toward Freedom, Projet Casa, Montreal, Canada
    Soft and weak like water, The 14th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
    Apparition Room, Western Front, Vancouver
  • 2022 Perceptible Rhythms/Alternative Temporalities, Middle East Institute, Washington DC, USA
    Mettere al mondo il mondo, Thomas Dane Gallery, Naples, Italy
    Entangled Life, RADIUS Center for Contemporary Art and Ecology, Delft, the Netherlands
    Scents of Movement, Scents of Place, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
    Réclamer la terre, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
  • 2021 So Different, So Appealing, Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Sensing Nature, Momenta Biennale at Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
    Unseeable, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
    Dilithium, FUTURA, Prague, Czech Republic
    Once Upon a Time Inconceivable, Protocinema, Istanbul, Turkey
    Where We Go It Shall Be, Walk & Talk, São Miguel, Portugal
    live among and turn together, Galerie La Box, Ensa Bourges, Bourges, France
    A Crack in Everything, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (online), Montreal, Canada
    Inventing Nature: Pflanzen in der Kunst, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2020 A Few In Many Places, Protocinema, Parc Offsite, Montreal, Canada
    9.5 Edition, Walk & Talk, São Miguel, Portugal
  • 2019 Stone Witness, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, Canada
    The Shoreline Dilemma, Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto, Canada
    Second Hand, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE
    Desertado. Algo que aconteceu pode acontecer novamente, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal
    I Will See It, When I Believe It, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
    Unexplained Parade, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
  • 2018 Hedges, Edges, Dirt, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
    Enchanted Bodies/Fetish for Freedom, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy
    Beautiful world, where are you?, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
    A Kiss Under the Tail, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, USA
    13 Ways to Summon Ghosts, Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada
    WHOSE LAND HAVE I LIT ON NOW?, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
    Assemblages of Intimacy, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
    But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano, Milan, Italy
    To clear the ground of weeds, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA
    Belonging to a Place, Art Gallery at the Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC, USA
  • 2017 Vacancies, Towards Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, USA
    A Poet*hical Wager, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, USA
    Dream Variations, with Kristina Lee Podesva, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada
    STAGES, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada
    Propped, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
    Belonging to a Place, Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • 2016 I stood before the source, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Making Nature: How we see animals, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
    Food, 13th Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial, Fellbach, Germany
    Répétition, Fondation Boghossian – Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium
    But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
  • 2015 Regarding Spectatorship: Revolt and Distant, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
    Home Works 7, Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon
    In the Land of the Blind the One-Eyed Man Loses Sight, Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, Germany
    Sobey Art Award, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada
    Art Eco – Art-ivism, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen, Grimbergen, Belgium
    Art In The Age Of ... Asymmetrical Warfare, Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
    Blind White, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
    united nations extended – The Vienna Dialog, freiraum quartier21, Vienna, Austria
    Accented, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
    Common Grounds, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany
    For Machine Use Only, Schneiderei, Vienna, Austria
  • 2014 L’avenir, La Biennale de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
    Furnishing Positions, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
    Résistance, Manif d'art 7, Quebec City, Canada
    Utopias Constructed, Republic Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    CounterIntelligence, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    The Politics of Food, Delfina Foundation, London, UK
  • 2013 FIAC Hors les murs, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris, France
    , 4th Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece
    Encyclonospace Iranica, Access Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Ten Thousand Suns, Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Traces of Life, Wentrup Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    united nations revisited, Galerie M, Berlin, Germany
  • 2012 Material Information, Art Museums of Bergen Permanenten, Bergen, Norway
    Reflecting on Reflection, Galeri Manâ, Istanbul, Turkey
    Tools for Conviviality, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Tactics for the here and now, Bucharest Biennale 5, Bucharest, Romania
    GOLD, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria
    Videoformes 2012, Clermont-Ferrand, France
    SO FAR SO GOOD, Extra Extra, Philadelphia, USA
  • 2011 Iran via Video Current, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA
    Performa 11, New York, USA
    Seeing Is Believing, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
    Changing Stakes: Contemporary Art Dialogues with Dubai, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada
    Snail Fever, The Third Line, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Jour de Fête, LOOP Festival 2011, The Private Space Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
    About painting, Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
    The State: Uppers and Downers, Traffic Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2010 On n’enchaîne pas les volcans, as part of Le Printemps de Septembre, Pavilion Projects, Montreal, Canada, at Point de Fuite, Toulouse, France
    A to B, MKG127, Toronto, Canada
    The Traveling Show, Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2009 Speaking Truth to Reconciliation (a project in two parts), Artspeak, Vancouver, Canada
    How Soon Is Now, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2008 shrink-wrapped, Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    When The Mood Strikes Us, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
    Everything Should be Made as Simple as Possible, but not Simpler, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
    Orientalism and Ephemera, Centre A, Vancouver, Canada; Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • 2007 Long Distance: Between Location & Emotion, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
    About Time, II, Kunsten - Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
  • 2006 Strange Bedfellows, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Common Room, Belkin Satellite, Vancouver, Canada
    RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary; Musee d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada


  • 2022 Sophie Crichton Stuart and Morven Gregor, eds., Abbas Akhavan: study for a garden, Mount Stuart Trust, Isle of Bute, UK
  • 2018 Saira Ansari, ed., Abbas Akhavan, Skira, Milan, Italy
    Georgina Jackson, Variations on a Garden: Abbas Akhavan, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2017 Michael Buhrs and Verena Hein, eds., Abbas Akhavan, Distanz Verlag, Munich, Germany

Books and Exhibition Catalogues

  • 2024 Georg Diez, Dirk Luckow, Nicolaus Schafhausen, eds., Manual for Survival, Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Hirmer Verlag, Munich Germany
    Marie Muracciole, ed., Les forces du sommeil – Cohabitations des vivants, Manif d’art 11: la biennale de Québec, Quebec City, Canada
  • 2023 T.J. Demos, ‘War Ecology: Petropolitics, Contemporary Art, and the Middle East’, The Environment and Ecology in Islamic Art and Culture, Yale University Press, New Haven, USA
  • 2022 Mark Godfrey, Mettere al mondo il mondo, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
    Candice Hopkins, Katie Lawson, and Tairone Bastien (eds.), Water, Kinship, Belief, Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto, Canada; Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada
  • 2021 Signe Theill and Peter Winkels, ‘united nations revisted’, Von der Repräsentation zur Intervention, Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2019 Brigitte Oetker and Nicolaus Schafhausen (eds.), What do we know?, Sternberg Press, Berlin, Germany
  • 2018 Kitty Scott, Sally Tallant, and Sinéad McCarthy (eds.), Beautiful World, Where Are You?, Art Books Publishing, London, UK
  • 2016 Susanne Gaensheimer and Anna Goetz, FOOD – Ecologies of the Everyday: 13th Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany
  • 2015 Defne Ayas, Natasha Hoare, and Mohammad Salemy, Art in the Age of ... Asymmetrical Warfare, Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2013 Agora: 4th Athens Biennale, Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece
    Marina Roy, Study for a Glasshouse, Peel Art Museum and Archives, Brampton, Canada
  • 2012 Agnes Husslein-Arco and Thomas Zaunschirm, eds., Gold: Artists in Gold - Tradition and Today, Hirmer Verlag, Munich, Germany
  • 2010 Shumon Basar, ‘Value Added’, Islands, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
  • 2009 Kathleen Ritter, How Soon Is Now, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Ménagerie, AXENÉO7, Daimon Gallery, Gatineau, Canada
    J. J. Kegan McFadden, When the Mood Strikes Us, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 2008 Orientalism & Ephemera, West Coast Line, Vancouver, Canada
    Alison Rajah, shrink-wrapped, Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Jane Urquhart, Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting, Magenta Publishing for the Arts, Toronto, Canada
    Kika Thorne and Joni Murphy, Neighbours, VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2007 Haig Aivazian, Long Distance: Between Location & Emotion, The Third Line, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    About Time, II, Kunsten - Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
    Marina Roy, ‘Why Not Sneeze’, Vacate, Storage Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Kegan McFadden, ‘A Want For a Lack of Sense of Place’, Vacate, Storage Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2006 Anne Lesley Selcer, ‘One Use for Spectacle’, Strange Bedfellows, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Liz Park, ‘Exchanging Room’, Common Room, Belkin Satellite, Vancouver, Canada

Magazines and Periodicals

  • 2024 Karine Bouchard, ‘S’éveiller, au-delà de l’hiver’, La Presse, 12 March
    Jérôme Delgado, ‘Biennale de Québec: une Manif de rêve?’, Le Devoir, 2 March
  • 2023 Estelle Lévêque, ‘Manif d’Art – la Biennale de Québec explore le sommeil’, La Carrefour, 22 November
    Mathias Kryger, ‘Bruger Glyptoteket virkelig kunsten som en bugtalerdukke i stedet for selv at åbne muden?’, Politiken, 24 July
    Birgitte Ellemann Höegh, ‘En hot, heftig og svær samtale’,Kultur, 19 July
    Sabitha Söderholm, ‘En plyndret museumslobby og en søjlekolonnade udstiller Vestens tyveri af verdens skatte’, Information, 5 July
    Thomas Millroth, ‘Abbas Akhavan gör konst av plundring och erövring’, Sydsvenskan, 1 July
    Niels Lyksted, ‘Glyptoteket og Copenhagen Contemporary: Abbas Akhavan’, Kultur Information, 22 June
    ‘International artist creates theatrical placeholders for ruined cultural heritage at the Glyptotek’, Art Daily, 21 June
    Andrew Tuck, ‘Behind the curtain: Abbas Akhavan’, Monocle, 13 May
    Mark Jenkins, ‘In the galleries: She draws inspiration from neighborhood walks’, The Washington Post, 14 April
    Will Jennings, ‘14th Gwangju Biennale review: a stage for new voices and ancient ideas’, Wallpaper, 12 April
    Priya Aravindhan, ‘Re-Imagining Our Relationship to Land Through Art’, Washington Report On Middle East Affairs, 27 March
    Éric Clément, ‘Femmes iraniennes… universelles’, La Presse, 16 March
  • 2022 Luca Del Core, ‘Mettere al Mondo il Mondo’, art a part of cult(ure), 17 December
    Maximilíano Durón, ‘The Best Booths at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022’, ARTnews, 29 November 2022
    Beth Williamson, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Sculpture, 27 September
    Amy Serafin, ‘Reclaim the Earth, urge artists at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo’, Wallpaper*, 18 August
    Susan Mansfield, 'Art reviews: Tracey Emin | Abbas Akhavan | Fantasy to Fabrication', The Scotsman, 19 July
    Hadani Ditmars, ‘Nearly 20 years after the invasion of Iraq, an artist revisits the looting of the national museum in Baghdad’, The Art Newspaper, 16 June
    Emilie Echaroux, ‘« Réclamer la Terre », une exposition qui repense notre rapport au vivant’, Usbek & Rica, 10 June
    Harvey Dimond, ‘Abbas Akhavan: Study for a Garden’, The Skinny, 09 June
    Greg Thomas, ‘Et in Arcadia Artifice’, Scottish Art News, 6 June
    Tom Denman, ‘A Walk in the Park: Abbas Akhavan interviewed by Tom Denman’, Art Monthly, no. 457, June
    Nazanine Nouri, ‘Artist Abbas Akhavan Opens His First Exhibition in Scotland, ‘Study For a Garden’, Kayhan Life, 31 May
    Veronica Simpson, ‘Abbas Akhavan – interview: ‘I like the propelled intensity towards accomplishing something’, Studio International, 30 May
    Victoria Woodcock, ‘Can Art and Horticulture Grow Together? Meet the Avant Gardeners…’, Elephant, 19 May
    Patrick Scemama, ‘Prendre soin de la terre’, La République de l'Art, 12 May
    En Liang Khong, ‘Exhibitions, Films and Books: a Guide to Arts and Culture this May’, ArtReview, 5 May
    Jane McLeod, ‘Mount Stuart Trust: Art exhibition to explore nuances of neo-Gothic mansion’, The National, 5 May
    Andrea Chaves, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Canvas Magazine, May–June
    Antonine Scali, ‘Reclaim the Earth, A Group Exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris’, purple ART, 23 April
    Amy Serafin, Reclaim the Earth, urge artists at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo’, Wallpaper*, 22 April
    Ellen Greig, Abbas Akhavan, ‘Abbas Akhavan, with Ellen Greig. curtain call, variations on a folly’, Pompeii Commitments, 44, 21 April
    Dimitris Lempesis, ‘TRIBUTE:Reclaim the Earth’, dreamideamachine ART VIEW, 16 April
    Wallace Ludel, ‘Delfina Entrecanales, arts patron who founded the Delfina Foundation, has died, aged 94’, The Art Newspaper, 1 April
    ‘Delfina Entrecanales (1927–2022)’, Artforum News, 1 April
    Marina Roy, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Palais 33, March
    Karine Bouchard, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Le Sabord, February ‘Exhibitions of 2021’, Art Asia Pacific, 1 January
    ‘Exhibitions of 2021’, Art Asia Pacific, 1 January
  • 2021 Laura Raicovich, Mari Spirito, Laura Raicovich on Art and Museums in an Age of Protest: In Conversation with Mari Spirito’, Ocula Magazine, 8 December
    Xenia Benivolski, ‘17th MOMENTA Biennale, “Sensing Nature”’, Art Agenda, 22 October
    Jayne Wilkinson, ‘NATURAL CAUSES: Jayne Wilkinson on the Momenta Biennale de l’image’, Artforum, 20 October
    Christopher Whitfield, ‘Abbas Akhavan: “Curtain Call, Variations on a Folly”’, ArtAsiaPacific, Octobe
    Sarah Nesbitt, ‘Sensing Nature Quand la nature ressent 17th MOMENTA Biennale de l'image Tiohtià ke Mooniyang Montreal’, Flash Art, 21 October
    En Liang Khong, ‘History Lessons: Abbas Akhavan at Chisenhale Gallery – Review’, ArtReview Asia, 15 October
    Ulya Soley, Bir Zamanlar Kavranamayan’ın ardından, Argonotlar, 18 October En Liang Khong, ‘History Lessons: Abbas Akhavan at Chisenhale Gallery – Review’, ArtReview Asia, 15 October
    Naomi Rea, ‘In London for Frieze? Don’t Miss These 7 Museum Shows, From Theaster Gates at Whitechapel to Anicka Yi’s Turbine Hall Commission’, Artnet News, 11 October
    Insun Woo, ‘“Once Upon a Time Inconceivable”: A Review and a Conversation’, Global Art Daily, 15 October Lara Fresko Madra, ‘Multitemporal Sensations’, Argonotlar, 7 October
    Tabish Khan, ‘The Top 6 Installation Art Exhibitions in London’, FAD Magazine, 4 October
    Didier Morelli, ‘MOMENTA 2021 Centres Indigenous and Nonhumanist Notions of Nature’, Frieze, 30 September ‘Elephants Pick of September’s Essential Artists’, Elephant, 10 September
    Amah-Rose Abrams, ‘Folly Good Show - Abbas Akhavan at Chisenhale Gallery’, The Quietus, 4 September
    Kabir Jhala, ‘Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend’, The Art Newspaper, 3 September
    Sam Gaskin, ‘Protocinema, Mari Spirito’s Art Space Without a Space, Turns 10’, Ocula, 3 September ‘Istanbul’s Protocinema celebrates 10 years with special exhibition’, Daily Sabah, 2 September
    Nazanine Nouri, ‘In London exhibition artist Abbas Akhavan recreates Syrian ruins targeted by ISIS’, Keyhan Life, 1 September Yeni Kundra, ‘Once Upon a Time Inconceivable’, Art Asia Pacific, September/October
    Kate Sutton, ‘THERE, THERE, Kate Sutton on Protocinema’s “A Few in Many Places”’, Artforum, September
    Carolina Machado, ‘Walk&Talk 10 — To a «commonplace» somewhere on this island’, Umbigo, 31 August
    Hili Perlson, ‘How the Great Recession Prompted Curator Mari Spirito to Found a Nonprofit to Showcase the Less ‘Shiny’ Side of the Art World, Artnet News, 27 August
    Laura Cumming, ‘Abbas Akhavan review - a poetic monument to folly’ The Guardian, 22 August Eddy Frankel, ‘Abbas Akhavan Curtain Call Variations on a Folly’ Time Out, 17 August
    Ellen Greig, ‘Chisenhale Interviews: Abbas Akhavan’, Chisenhale Interviews, Chisenhale, 13 August
    Aseman Sabet, ‘Parc Offsite: An Interview with Eli Kerr’, Espace Art Actuel, No. 128, Spring–Summer
    Mark Westall, ‘Mount Stuart Trust on the Isle of Bute 20th Anniversary Visual Art Programme, FAD Magazine, 3 March
  • 2020 Shraddha Nair, ‘Protocinema discusses cycles of violence through hyper localised art interventions’, Stir World, 24 November
    Bob Dickinson, ‘Domestic Radicality,’Art Monthly, No. 438, July–August
    Eva Crocker, ‘Abbas Akhavan explores faith, theatre and architecture in script for an island on Fogo’, Visual Art News, 3 April
  • 2019 Helena Wadsley, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Galleries West, 27 November
    Josef Jacobson, ‘Nanaimo Art Gallery presents geological-themed exhibition’, Nanaimo News Bulletin, 26 November
    Anne Lesley Selcer, ‘Night falls slowly inside a photograph’, Open Space, 9 October
    Jyoti Kalsi, ‘When materials speak their mind’, Gulf News, 28 September
    Giovanni Aloi, ‘Abbas Akhavan: Fatigues’, Antennae, Issue 49, Autumn
    Sara Raza, ‘But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Acquiring Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa’, C Magazine 143, Autumn
    Marie-Ève Charron, ‘Alan Belcher accompagne les derniers jours de Vie d’Ange’, Le Devoir, 3 August
    Kegan McFadden, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Canadian Art, 23 July
    Amrita Singh, ‘Art Jameel’s Newest Initiative: The Second Hand Art Collection’, About Her, 21 July
    ‘Dubai’s “Second Hand” art show explores morphing materials’, Arab News, 15 July
    Oliver Basciano, ‘The art of walking (and talking)’, Art Review, 12 July
    Maddie Klett, ‘Abbas Akhavan: cast for a folly’, The Brooklyn Rail, July–August
    Gareth Harris, ‘From plastic waste to indigenous heritage, old and new biennials tap into contemporary concerns and issues’, The Art Newspaper, 28 June
    Naz Cuguoğlu, ‘Theater of False Ruins: Interview with Abbas Akhavan’, Art Asia Pacific, 26 June
    ‘Toronto Biennial of Art Announces Featured Artists for Inaugural Event’, Broadway World, 21 June
    Maximilíano Durón, ‘Here’s the Artist List for the First Toronto Biennial’, Art News, 20 June
    Sarah Hotchkiss, ‘At the Wattis, the Aftermath of an Invasion and a Kaleidoscope of Black Experience’, KQED, 4 June
    Sara Burkhardt, ‘Gärten in Kunst, Design und Architektur’, Kunst und Unterricht, No. 433/434, June
    Deena Chalabi, ‘Monuments, Placeholders, Ghosts’, Open Space, 23 May
    Judith Elisabeth Weiss, ‘Konstruktionen und Dekonstruktionen des Natürlichen’, Kunstforum International, Vol. 258, January–February
    Judith Elisabeth Weiss, ‘Guerilla-Gardening, Paradiesgärtlein und planetarischer Garten’, Kunstforum International, Vol. 258, January–February
    Chris Andrews, ‘Folly’, Peripheral Review, 17 January
  • 2018 Jayne Wilkinson, ‘A Year in Contradictions’, Canadian Art, 26 December
    Jesi Khadivi, ‘But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise’, Border Crossings, Issue 148
    ‘The Angel Is in the Details’, Border Crossings, Issue 148
    Jean-Michel Quirion, ‘Abbas Akhavan, Folly’, Espace Art Actuel, 16 November
    Mallory Noe-Payne, ‘“Hedges, Edges, Dirt” Now on Display at Richmond’s ICA’, Radio IQ, 6 November
    Andrew Ringle, ‘New ICA exhibits capture essence of fall, engage art lovers’, The Commonwealth Times, 23 October
    Anna Kovler, ‘Abbas Akhavan’s “Folly” at Vie D’ange’, Arsenal Contemporary, 29 September
    Isabelle Hore-Thorburn, ‘Contemplations on the Notions of Hospitality’, Right Now, 8 August
    Yaniya Lee, ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?’, Canadian Art, 18 July
    Tom Emery, ‘10th Liverpool Biennial: “Beautiful world, where are you?”’, Frieze, 17 July
    John Nyman, ‘Circulations of Intimacy’, Peripheral Review, 27 January
  • 2017 Ben Eastham, ‘Dublin Gallery Weekend’, art agenda, 30 November
    Gemma Tipton, ‘Critic’s Guide: Dublin’, Frieze, 24 November
    Rosemary Westwood, ‘The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp’, Canadian Art, 23 November
    Aidan Dunne, ‘A show that looks at the secret life of plants from Babylon’, The Irish Times, 14 November
    Martin Blättner, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Kunstforum International, Vol. 250, October–November
    Mitch Speed, ‘Performance Art Blows Open the Prairies, in “Stages”’, MOMUS, 14 September
    Kaya Genç, ‘With site-specific interventions, SALT Galata explores its potentialities’, Daily Sabah, 2 June
    Nicholas Forrest, ‘Q and A: Christine Tohmé on the Superb Sharjah Biennial 13’, Blouin Artinfo, 17 April
    Mohammad Salemy, ‘Making waves towards post-art: Act I of Sharjah Biennial 13’, Ocula, 15 April
    Kat Herriman, ‘Modernism, Voyeurism, and a Sentient Parrot: Highlights from Dubai Art Week 2017’, VICE Creators, 10 April
    Claire Wilson, ‘Between hospitality and hostility: Iranian artist Abbas Akhavan at DRAF Studio London’, Art Radar Journal, 14 February
    Chris Fite-Wassilak, ‘Dispatches: London’, Frieze, 9 February
    Marina Fathalla, ‘A (future) archive of a since disappeared land’, Kapsula, January
  • 2016 Justin Hopper, ‘Hello, World: Making Nature at Wellcome Collection’, The Learned Pig, 20 December
    Oliver Moody, ‘Foxed! The weird world of zoology bares its teeth’, The Times, 12 December
    Adam Sherwin, ‘Taxidermy artist scatters dead animals at Wellcome Collection’, iNews, 30 November
    Ismail Fayed, ‘But a Storm is Blowing: Art contending with memory and tragic contexts’, Mada Masr, 25 October
    Bansie Vasvani, ‘A Survey of Art from the Middle East and North Africa Puts Geometry Before Politics’, Hyperallergic, 19 September
    Emma Holter, ‘Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African Art at the Guggenheim Museum’, Art Versed, 13 September
    Georgina Jackson, ‘The Body in Ruins: Abbas Akhavan’s Study for a Monument’, Afterall Journal 42, Autumn–Winter
    Carmela Thiele, ‘FOOD – Ökologien des Alltags’, Kunstforum International, Vol. 241, August
    Holland Cotter, ‘The Guggenheim Is Going Global. Kind Of.’, The New York Times, 25 August
    Caroline Roux, ‘But a Storm is Blowing in from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa’, The Telegraph, 13 August
    Yasaman Alipour, ‘But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa’, The Brooklyn Rail, 11 July
    Lily Tekseng, ‘“But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise”: Guggenheim UBS Map Middle East and North Africa’, Art Radar Journal, 26 June
    Andy Battaglia, ‘Exhibitions: Anxiety on show at the NY Guggenheim's new Mena exhibition’, The National, 23 June
    Rahel Aima, ‘Paradise Lost: Middle Eastern Art at the Guggenheim’, Art in America, 21 June
    John Haber, ‘War with No End’, Haber Arts, 29 April
    Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt, ‘Toward an Anti-Speciesist Aesthetic?’, Esse 87, Spring–Summer
    Bill Clarke, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Modern Painters, January
    Gabrielle Moser, ‘Every Artwork Is a Trap’, Canadian Art, Winter
  • 2015 Oliver Basciano, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, ArtReview, October
    Marina Iordan, ‘It’s a Kind of a Domesticated Wilderness: An Interview with Abbas Akhavan’, Jadaliyya, 14 April
    Martin Blättner, ‘Common Grounds’, Kunstforum International, Vol. 232, April–May
    Rachel Bennett, ‘Instigating Methodologies’, Canvas Magazine, March–April
    Bryne McLaughlin, ‘Build and They Will Come: Caroline Andrieux and the making of an art scene’, Canadian Art, Spring
    Gina Badger, ‘Unsettled Objects (The Alchemy of Dispossession and Display)’, Switch On, The Power Plant, 4 February
    Murtaza Vali, ‘La Biennale de Montréal’, Artforum, February
  • 2014 Bryne McLaughlin, ‘Manif d’Art Critiques Capitalism—But To What End?’, Canadian Art, 5 June
    Gabrielle Moser, ‘Critics' Picks: CounterIntelligence’, Artforum, 24 January
  • 2013 Amy Fung, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Art Papers, May–June
    Anthony Downey, ‘Domestic Nature: Abbas Akhavan in Conversation with Anthony Downey’, Ibraaz, 29 January
    Justin Jaeckle, ‘Abbas Akhavan: Study for a Garden’, Art Review, January–February
    Martine Rouleau, ‘Abbas Akhvana, Study for a Garden’, Esse 77, Winter
  • 2012 Michael Hampton, ‘Human Nature’, Art Monthly UK 362, December–January
    Mohammad Salemy, ‘Architecture and De-measurement in Abbas Akhavan’s work’, Arte East, Winter
    Mark Rappolt, ‘Abbas Akhavan in Conversation with Mark Rappolt’, Delfina Foundation, 7 November
    Elias Redstone, ‘London Underground, Cultural Exchanges’, The New York Times, 26 October
    Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, ‘Bucharest Biennale 5’, Artforum, October
    Anja Bock, ‘Abbas Akhavan: Beacon, Darling Foundry’, Art Papers, October
    Ashley McLellan, ‘Tools for Conviviality: Social Works’, Canadian Art, 2 August
    Fran Schechter, ‘Tools Rules’, Now Magazine, 19 July
    Murray Whyte, ‘Tools For Conviviality at the Power Plant’, The Star, 17 July
    Sholem Krishtalka, ‘Convivial Confrontations’, The Toronto Standard, 9 July
    Hadani Ditmars, ‘Abbas Akhavan: Home Fronts’, Canadian Art, Spring
    Joni Murphy, ‘Abbas Akhavan: Up, Down and In-between’, Canadian Art, 10 May
  • 2011 Cathryn Drake, ‘Playing with Fire’, Artforum, 12 December
    Dina Ibrahim, ‘Abbas Akhavan’, Art Asia Pacific, 14 June
    Robert Labossiere, ‘An Interview with Abbas Akhavan’, Reading Art, 24 May
    Cathryn Drake, ‘Back to the Future’, Artforum, 22 March
    Hadani Ditmars, ‘Abbas Akhavan: Home Fronts’, Canadian Art, Spring
  • 2010 Liana Schmidt, ‘Abbas Akhavan Studio Visit’, Mercer Union, 24 November
    Sara Mameni, ‘Foiled Islands: Abbas Akhavan at Third Line Gallery, Dubai’, Fuse Magazine, September
    Jen Hutton, ‘Critic’s Picks’, Artforum, July
    Alia Al-Sabi, ‘Preview: Abbas Akhavan: MAPPING’, Bidoun 20, Spring
    Jyoti Kalsi, ‘Entwined Worlds’, Gulf News, 21 May
    John Gravois, ‘In Reduced Circumstances’, The National, 12 May
    Charlie Neyra, ‘The Great Wall of Dubai’, Khaleej Times, 7 May
    Kelly Nosari, ‘Abbas Akhavan: Islands’, Daily Serving, 5 May
    Nyree Barret, ‘Dubai’s Gilded Cartographer’, Time Out Dubai, May
    May Barber, ‘Islands’, Panoptikon, May
    Randy Lee Cutler, ‘Truth and Consequences’, Fuse Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 1
  • 2009 Kathleen Ritter, ‘VIVO Media Arts Centre’, Esse 65, Winter
    Kathryn Schmidt, ‘Immigration & Domination, For the Birds’, Intermedias Review, March
  • 2008 Sigrid Dahle, ‘When the Mood Strikes Us’, Borders Crossings 108, December
    Nicholas Brown, ‘Out there: Abbas Akhavan visited by Nicholas Brown’, Art Gallery of York University, 17 September
    Randy Lee Cutler, ‘Orientalism: just another day in paradise’, Fuse Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 4
    Aaron Peck, ‘Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, but Not Simpler, Canadian Art, Fall
    Miriam Jordan and Julian Jason Haladyn, ‘Orientalism & Ephemera’, C Magazine 99, Autumn
    Clint Burnham, ‘Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, but Not Simpler’, Artforum, 27 June
    Kristina Lee Podesva, ‘The Molotov Pigeon: Abbas Akhavan’s Correspondences’, Bidoun 14, Spring–Summer
    Alison Rajah, ‘Thwarting the Royal Road’, Fillip, Vol. 3, No. 2

Published Writing by the Artist

  • 2011 Abbas Akhavan, ‘Makeshift Objects’, Zamân 4, Winter
  • 2010 Abbas Akhavan, ‘Artist Project: what is above is as that which is below…’, C Magazine 108, Winter
  • 2007 Abbas Akhavan and Marina Roy, eds., Helen’s Cookbook, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


  • 2022 PRIM-Dazibao production-dissemination residency, Montreal, Canada
    Thomas Dane, Naples, Italy
    Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland
  • 2019 Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, Canada
    Walk&Talk, São Miguel, Portugal
    Capp Street Project, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
  • 2017 Atelier Calder, Saché, France
  • 2016 Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, Canada
  • 2015 FLORA ars+natura, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2013 Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, Canada
    Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2012 Delfina Foundation, London, UK
  • 2011 The Watermill Center, New York, USA
    Delfina Foundation, Dubai, UAE
    Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada
  • 2010 Fundación Marcelino Botin, with Mona Hatoum, Santander, Spain
    Point de Fuite, Toulouse, France
  • 2009 The Apartment Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    AXENÉO7/DAÏMÕN, Gatineau, Canada
  • 2008 VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2007 Stratagem Pacific Consulting, Vancouver, Canada


  • 2016 Fellbach Triennial Award
  • 2015 Sobey Art Award, Sobey Art Foundation
  • 2014 The Abraaj Group Art Prize
  • 2012 Berlin Art Prize – Jubilee Foundation 1848/1948, Berlin, Germany
    Artist Prize Finalist, Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, Toronto, Canada
  • 2011 Art Partners in Creative Development, Vancouver, Canada