ARTIST TALK: Abbas Akhavan in conversation with Georgina Jackson
Friday, January 19, 6.30pm
Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre
Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin
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.