Abbas Akhavan

Born 1977 | Tehran
Lives and works Montreal

Through a variety of media including drawings, sculptures, video, installations, and performance, Abbas Akhavan reveals the historical, social, and architectural conditions of the sites of his exhibitions. For the 14th Gwangju Biennale, Akhavan presents Loop 2023, an installation that further expands the ideas that emerged out of his previous project entitled Spill 2021. Against the backdrop of a green screen structure–often used in film and television to generate special effects–Loop features an artificial watercourse made with pebbles and stones from Gwangju. As an installation that reimagines the concept of ‘representation’ that the artist has revisited throughout his practice, the project points to the ambiguous boundaries between the natural and the synthetic, as well as the real and the virtual.

Abbas Akhavan, Loop 2023. Boulders, rocks, water, PVC pond membrane, water pumps, pump lines, plywood, spruce, chromakey paint, geocell boxes, LED light bulb, MDF, and moss. 365×365×365cm. Courtesy the artist, The Third Line and Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Commissioned by the 14th Gwangju Biennale. Installation view, 14th Gwangju Biennale (2023). Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Photo: glimworkers