27 October to 13 January
Abbas Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, sculpture, video, and performance. The domestic sphere, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of research. Earlier works have explored the relationship between the house and nation state and how the trauma and systemic violence enacted upon civilians can be inherited and re-enacted within the family. More recent works have wandered into spaces just outside the home – the backyard, the garden, and other domesticated landscapes. His research is deeply influenced by the specificity of the sites where he works: the architectures that houses them, the economies that surround them, and the people that frequent them.
Comprising a series of sculptures, video and photographic works, ‘variations on a garden’, curated by Georgina Jackson, is Akhavan’s first solo exhibition in Ireland.