Pegah Tabassinejad in conversation with Sam Kinsley, Marzieh Mosavarzadeh and Nastaran Saremy
Sunday, May 15, 2pm
Join performing artist Pegah Tabassinejad and our guests Sam Kinsley, Marzieh Mossavarzadeh and Nastaran Saremi for an in-depth discussion about Pegah’s performance at VIVO Media Arts Centre.
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VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.
A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.
There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.
To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.
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.
Sam Kinsley is an interdisciplinary artist of settler ancestry, currently living and learning as an uninvited guest on the unceded Mi’Kmaq territory in Nova Scotia. Sam studied at the University of British Columbia andthe Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Sam's current research is focused on attentive repetition of chosen actions to investigate the implications of the habits and tendencies that one's body takes up.
Marzieh Mosavarzadeh is an Iranian artist who lives, learns, teaches, and makes art on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples in Vancouver, BC. Currently, Marzieh is a PhD candidate specializing in art education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at The University of British Columbia. As an immigrant artist and scholar, Marzieh has always found herself in-between places, and through this inbetweenness, she has come to hold a love for place (topophilia) in relation to both her artistic and scholarly practices. Her work has been continuously entangled with exploring the potentialities that reside within the process of walking in/with place, as well as the kind of artmaking one can pursue in response to the practice of walking in/with place, and how such a practice can eventually create conditions for one to cultivate a sense of place. Marzieh holds her MFA and BFA degrees in visual arts.
Nastaran Saremy is a researcher and critic. She holds a MA in Philosophy and Aesthetics from Tehran University of Art and is currently doing her PhD in Media and Communication Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She has been working as an art critic and an interdisciplinary researcher in the fields of cultural and social analysis. She explores the aesthetics of the social praxis by focusing on the roles of art, media and communication in social transformation processes.