I’m a wanderer, a city walker. My act of wandering is happening through solitude. I wander for hours thinking, not-thinking, strolling, observing, listening, remembering, dancing, witnessing. I disconnect from the others. I even disconnect from myself and through this distance I can be the other, the one that exists with me, or not. The one that I can perform, or dream, the one that has not been defined yet! The other who nobody knows and I only know of. And the others within me would walk in the city.
Let’s explore the collective experience of strolling, yet keeping the atmosphere of solitariness.
Come and join us if you want to wander in the city of Vancouver through me, through my body.
I will stroll around for you and with you.
Aryo Khakpour will accompany Pegah with a camera during her performance.
The artist is thankful to the British Columbia Art Council for their support.
[Stay tuned for details on a related panel discussion on Sunday, May 15, 2pm.]
Pegah Tabassinejad is an Interdisciplinary artist, educator and wanderer mostly presenting her work in the format of video installations and performance. She has been working on the notion of ‘presence‘ and ‘absence‘ in her art practice since 2010. Exploring the gap between the real and the virtual, here and there, and the absence within the two worlds that she resides in, she also questions the borders and boundaries of private and public space.
Tabassinejad holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and BA in Stage Directing from the University of Art in Tehran. She studied Contemporary Dance in Paris at Conservatoire de la Danse and exhibited her work internationally. She has taught various studio and seminar courses at the University of Art in Tehran, international Institutes, as well as leading workshops in Paris, Tehran and Vancouver.