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Delfina Foundation presents its final exhibition before a major renovation by London-
Opening during Frieze Art Fair week, Study for a Garden is the first UK solo exhibition by the Toronto-
Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-
Folding the border between the garden and the domestic space, Study for a Garden explores the intrusion of nature into the house where familiar spaces have gradually been invaded by foreign elements. The trespass of water and vegetation into various rooms of the house is a continuation of Akhavan’s research into the relationship between foreign and familiar, hospitable and hostile, domestic and wild. From the front door to the upstairs bedroom and back to the basement, the installations made of invasive plant species and hedges govern the audience’s movements, rendering them at times as guests and at times trespassers. These territorial gardens are about the naturalisation of barriers; every garden is a guarded space, an enclosure, a compound. Water, vegetation and gardening tools create discriminatory spaces, keeping some species alive and others dead.
The residency and exhibition are in partnership with Canada House Arts Trust and Iran Heritage Foundation. The opening reception is in association with The Third Line Gallery (Dubai, UAE).
Exhibition October 9 –November 20, 2012. Delfina Foundation, 29/31 Catherine Place -
Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Garden, 2012. Courtesy the artist
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