Mercer Edition 2016: Abbas Akhavan

16 October 2016 6pm - 8pm

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 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.

Proceeds directly support Mercer Union’s programming and operations. For more information, contact Julia Paoli at 416.536.1519 or

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