2015 Winner Abbas Akhavan

AbbasAkhavanAbbas Akhavan's practice 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, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of research in Akhavan's practice. Recent works have shifted focus, wandering onto spaces and species just outside the home – the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes.

Residencies include Foundation Marcelino Botin with Mona Hatoum (Spain), Le Printemps de Septembre (France), Trinity Square Video, Western Front, and Fogo Islands (Canada), The Watermill Center (USA), and The Delfina Foundation (Dubai, UAE & London, UK).

Recent exhibitions include: Burning down the house Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014), Variations on a Garden, Galerie Mana, Istanbul (2013); Study for a Garden, Delfina Foundation, London (2012); Tactics for Here & Now, Bucharest Biennale, Bucharest (2012); Tools for Conviviality, Power Plant, Toronto (2012); Beacon, Darling Foundry, Montreal (2012); Phantomhead, Performa 11, New York (2011); Seeing is Believing, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011).

Akhavan is the recipient of Kunstpreis Berlin (2012), and Abraaj Group Art Prize (2014). Akhavan lives and works in Toronto and Istanbul. He is represented by The Third Line.

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Shortlist

West Coast and Yukon
Raymond Boisjoly

Prairies and the North
Sarah Anne Johnson

Ontario
Abbas Akhavan

Québec
John Rafman

Atlantic Provinces
Lisa Lipton

Longlist

West Coast and Yukon
Fiona Ackerman
Sony Assu
Raymond Boisjoly
Tizzana La Melia

Prairies and the North
Cedric Bomford
Jason de Hann
Sarah Anne Johnson
Scott Rogers
Kara Uzelman

Ontario
Abbas Akhavan
Brendan Fernandes
Maggiw Groat
Annie MacDonell
Derek Sullivan

Québec
Sophie Bélair Clément
Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau
Allison Katz
Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen
Jon Rafman

Atlantic Provinces
Jordan Bennett
Ursula Johnson
Eleanor King
Lisa Lipton
Zeke Moores

 

Curatorial Panel

West Coast and Yukon
Michelle Jacques, Conservateur en chef, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Prairies and the North
Meeka Walsh, Commissaire indépendante et rédactrice en chef, magazine Border Crossings

Ontario
Crystal Mowry, Conservatrice principale, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Québec
Mark Lanctôt, Curator, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal

Atlantic Provinces
David Diviney, Conservateur des expositions, Musée des beaux-arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse

Guest
Josée Drouin Brisebois, Conservatrice principale de l’art contemporain, Musée des beaux-arts du Canada