Abbas Akhavan lives and works in Montreal. His work ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture, and performance. The direction of his research has been deeply influenced by the specificity of the sites where he works: the architectures that house them, the economies that surround them, and the people that frequent them. The domestic sphere, which he proposes as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of study in his practice. More recent works have wandered into spaces and species just outside the home: the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes.

detail of Fatigues, 2014, Taxidermy animals, 3 elements (White-tailed deer, American Red Fox, North American Porcupine).
© Abbas Akhavan • Photo: Paul Litherland