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

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

All we have are cavities.

Or, all we are, are cavities. We know that the human body is comprised of multiple cavities that carry our insides, completing our bodies through their absence, never visible from the exterior. Cavities are markers of decay, gapes in the smooth enamel of our teeth, that allude to underlying breakdown. Some of us will lose ’em all (a mouthful of cavities, as the song goes). The list of tangible cavities is long—the orifice of a tree, the gap between our walls, underground caverns. Then there are the less perceptible ones, like nebulas, or the electromagnetic energy between the surface of the Earth and the inner edge of the upper atmosphere, 55 kilometers up, or what lies beneath our disintegrating glaciers. A cavity itself is a falsehood, a hole inside a whole.

Cavity living involves a degree of slipperiness, in which the parameters of time feel hazy. It is unclear whether we are in now or then, in the way that we are uncertain if these vitrines possess anything inside of their drawers (or if they are drawers at all). Walls and pillars are hollowed out, an escape hatch is blocked, a door has the contour of a cabinet but is cut like a frame. Artifice is the vernacular, as told by this painting that is in fact a green portal, a futuristic form that indicates we may be elsewhere rather than here. The architecture, in its exposure and impairment, renders vulnerability and trauma as much as absence and disappearance. We are in a beautiful and bruised sentiment.

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On Tuesday, May 14, the artist is in conversation with Deena Chalabi at the Wattis Institute.

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

Abbas Akhavan: cast for a folly is curated by Kim Nguyen and organized by Leila Grothe. The exhibition is made possible thanks to generous support from Eleanor and Francis Shen. Special thanks to Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver, and The Third Line, Dubai. The artist thanks Corine Wegener, Manuel Angeja, Kenneth Becker, Rudy Bootsma, Massey Burke, Naz Cuguoğlu Cacekli, Jennifer Cha, Tino Gonzales, Evan O’Neal Kirkman, Brandon Walls Olsen, Ryan Peter, tamara suarez porras, Robert Santee, and Henna Vainio.

Press:
Open Space, by Deena Chalabi
KQED, by Sarah Hotchkiss
Brooklyn Rail, by Maddie Klett
ArtAsiaPacific, by Naz Cuguoğlu
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Abbas Akhavan, cast for a folly, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and The Third Line, Dubai; Photo: Johnna Arnold