Abbas Akhavan (b.1977, Tehran) lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Abbas Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. 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 just outside the home – the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes. Abbas’ most recent solo exhibitions include at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2019); The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2018); The Third Line, Dubai (2018); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2017); and Villa Stuck, Munich (2017). His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano, Milano (2018); MOCA Cleveland (2017); Thames Art Gallery, Toronto (2017); SALT Galata, Istanbul (2016); Welcome Collection (London (2016); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016). He is a recipient of the Fellbach Triennial Award (2016), the Sobey Art Award (2015), the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2015) and the Kunstprei Berlin (2012).