Abbas Akhavan: variations on a landscape


“For Akhavan, the architecture’s parallel and perpendicular planes recall the urban grid prevalent in North American cities, which often lack places for public assembly. Thus, the artist’s intervention reflected on the civic and social role of the institution by introducing a circular point for gathering, offering up the gallery as a communal place of fluid encounter and exchange. “—Gaëtane Verna, p5

The 7th in the Power Plant Pages series, this publication documents Abbas Akhavan’s exhibition variations on a landscape at The Power Plant from 23 June to 30 December 2018.

Abbas Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. The domestic sphere, and what lies just outside it, has been an ongoing area of research in Akhavan’s practice, with recent works exploring the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes. In this exhibition, Akhavan uses a round fountain to transform The Power Plant’s Clerestory into a circular point for gathering, one that reflects on the role of an art institution, one that might offer a communal space for contemplation.

To expand on his work, Akhavan invited six writers and artists from across Canada – Derek McCormack, Douglas Coupland, Geoffrey Farmer, Aisha Sasha John, Marina Roy, and Riisa Walden – each to contribute a text made available to visitors one each month.

This publication brings together extensive installation views, all six texts, as well as a forward by Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant.

Product Information

  • Publisher:  The Power Plant
  • Year: 2019
  • ISBN: 9781894212656
  • Pages: 112
  • Illustrations: 25 colour illustrations
  • Dimensions:  19.5 x 15 cm, softcover
  • Availability: In Stock
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