May 9 –
July 27, 2019
Abbas Akhavan: cast for a folly
2018-2019 Capp Street Artist-in-Residence

Opening reception: Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:30pm

Abbas Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. His research has been deeply influenced by the sites where he works: the architectures that house them, the economies that surround them, and the people who frequent them. Recent works have shifted focus, wandering onto spaces and species just outside the home – the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes.

For cast for a folly, Akhavan uses as a departure point an obscure photograph of the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. Looted during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the museum lost nearly 15,000 objects in a span of 36 hours in what remains one of the worst acts of cultural vandalism in the modern era. The source photograph depicts the museum lobby in an eerily frozen state, its doors barricaded with empty vitrines and furniture in disarray, the room covered in a veneer of dust from the bombings. Akhavan recreates this image in a brand new installation.

More information coming soon.

Abbas Akhavan (b. 1977; Tehran, Iran) lives and works in Canada.

Abbas Akhavan: cast for a folly is curated by Kim Nguyen.
Abbas Akhavan, "Study for a Blue Shield," 2010–2017, gallery wall cut, painted and displayed on the roof of the exhibition space. Installation view, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany, 2017. Photo: Jann Averwerser. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Abbas Akhavan, "Study for a Blue Shield," 2010–2017, gallery wall cut, painted and displayed on the roof of the exhibition space. Installation view, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany, 2017. Photo: Jann Averwerser. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Abbas Akhavan, "Untitled," 2017, vitrines, sandbags, insulation. Installation view, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany, 2017. Photo: Jann Averwerser. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Abbas Akhavan, "Untitled," 2017, vitrines, sandbags, insulation. Installation view, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany, 2017. Photo: Jann Averwerser. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Abbas Akhavan, "Study for a Garden: Ivy," 2012, english ivy, pvc piping, soil, water, dimensions variable. Installation view, Study for a Garden, Delfina Foundation, London, UK, 2012. Photo: Christa Holka. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Abbas Akhavan, "Study for a Garden: Ivy," 2012, english ivy, pvc piping, soil, water, dimensions variable. Installation view, Study for a Garden, Delfina Foundation, London, UK, 2012. Photo: Christa Holka. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Abbas Akhavan, "Variations on Ghost," 2017, soil, water. Installation view, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany, 2017. Photo: Jann Averwerser. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Abbas Akhavan, "Variations on Ghost," 2017, soil, water. Installation view, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany, 2017. Photo: Jann Averwerser. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver