Abbas Akhavan – CV

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

Education

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

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 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

  • 2019 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
    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
    AGORA
    , 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

Monographs

  • 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

  • 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

  • 2019 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

  • 2012 Abbas Akhavan and Dina Ibrahim, ‘Architecture and Performativity’, Arte East, Winter
  • 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

Residencies

  • 2019 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

Awards

  • 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