Mercer Edition 2016: Abbas Akhavan

27 October 2016 6pm - 10pm

Mercer Editions is an initiative of Mercer Union to commission work from Canadian and international artists to benefit its activities as an artist-run centre. Projects under this banner may take different forms that reflect the diversity of artistic practice presented in its galleries and programs.

For its inaugural edition, Mercer Union has collaborated with Abbas Akhavan to produce 27 bronze casts of sharpened tree limbs. Every sculpture is cast directly from a hand-carved stick making each unique. This study for a garden is an extension of his exploration of cultural and environmental devastation by war, and a shifting focus to the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes as sites of conflict.

Mercer Edition 2016 will debut at /edition Toronto, 28-31 October 2016. An exclusive pre-sale opportunity is available to Mercer Union Members at the Catalyst Level and up ($250+). For more information, contact York Lethbridge at 416.536.1519 or

Proceeds directly support Mercer Union’s programming and operations.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso for making this edition possible.