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

Côte Ouest/Yukon

Raymond Boisjoly

Prairies et Nord canadien

Sarah Anne Johnson

Ontario

Abbas Akhavan

Québec

John Rafman

Provinces de l’Atlantique

Lisa Lipton

Longlist

Côte Ouest/Yukon

Fiona Ackerman
Sony Assu
Raymond Boisjoly
Tizzana La Melia

 
Prairies et Nord canadien

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

Provinces de l’Atlantique

Jordan Bennett
Ursula Johnson
Eleanor King
Lisa Lipton
Zeke Moores

 

Curatorial Panel

Côte Ouest/Yukon

Michelle Jacques, Conservateur en chef, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

 

Prairies et Nord canadien

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

 

Provinces de l’Atlantique

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