ARTIST TALK: Abbas Akhavan in conversation with Georgina Jackson

Friday, January 19, 6.30pm
Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre
Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin

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We are delighted to welcome Abbas Akhavan back to Dublin on the penultimate day of his solo exhibition variations on a garden. 

At 6.30pm in the Robert Emmett Lecture Theatre in the Arts Building of Trinity College, Dublin, the artist will take part in a conversation with Georgina Jackson, Director of the Douglas Hyde Gallery.

Comprising a series of sculptures, video and photographic works, this is Akhavan’s first solo exhibition in Ireland. In his practice, the domestic sphere, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of research. Recent works have wandered into spaces just outside the home – the backyard, the garden, and other domesticated landscapes. Here, the garden lingers as both a symbolic site of labour and leisure, private and public, nature and humanity, but furthermore, as a site of sovereignty and war.

Curated by Georgina Jackson, Abbas Akhavan’s variations on a garden was originally commissioned by Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, in Toronto in 2015, and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Admission is free and all are welcome; there is no need to book a place.


Image: Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Monument, 2013-16, cast bronze, white cotton sheets, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the Abraaj Group Art Prize and Family Servais Collection. Photography by Denis Mortell.