Galeri Manâ, Istanbul: Abbas Akhavan

Exhibition view, Abbas Akhavan, Variations on a Garden Exhibition view, Abbas Akhavan, Variations on a Garden

Galeri Manâ is pleased to present Abbas Akhavan’s first solo exhibition in Turkey between the dates 3 April – 11 May 2013.

The exhibition will include a site-specific installation produced by the artist in Istanbul as well as a series of new works produced for this exhibition.

Abbas Akhavan settles in Galeri Manâ with an exhibition that challenges the conventional spatial divides between inside and outside, domestic and wild, private and public. The artist’s installations bring elements of nature and pastoral landscapes into the gallery’s domesticated private space, making it pervious to elements such as water and soil. Found materials referring to collective practices specific to streets of Istanbul fold the neat border between the gallery and the public space that surrounds it.

Abbas Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance. For the past five years, the domestic sphere has been an ongoing area of research in Akhavan’s work. Earlier works explore the relationship between the house and the nation state and how the trauma of systemic violence enacted upon civilians can be inherited and re-enacted within the family lineage. More recent work has shifted focus onto spaces just outside the home – the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes.

Akhavan’s work has been exhibited in The Delfina Foundation (UK), Vancouver Art Gallery, the Power Plant, Darling Foundry (Canada), ABC Art Berlin Contemporary, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Germany), Kunsten Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), Le Printemps de septembre a Toulouse (France), and Performa 11 (USA). Recent and upcoming residencies include Fundation Marcelino Botin (Spain), Axeno7, Video In, TSV, and Fogo Islands (Canada), Watermill Centre (USA), and The Delfina Foundation (Dubai, UAE & London, UK). Akhavan was the recipient of Kunstpreis Berlin, 2012.

This is the fourth exhibition in a series developed by Abaseh Mirvali for Galeri Manâ, focusing on social, cultural and political experiences within a broad context of issues. Abaseh Mirvali is an Independent Project Producer & Curator based in Istanbul, Mexico City, and Berlin. Author, Concept & Program Development for the Biennial of the Americas, 2013 where she is also Chief Curator of Draft Urbanism, Ms. Mirvali sits on the selection committee for several foundations, and in addition to advisory and directorial roles, is an internationally recognized contemporary art commentator and jurist.

Galeri Manâ is open Tuesday – Saturday between 11:00 -18:00.

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