Pegah Tabassinejad is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and wanderer living and working as a stranger—an uninvited guest—on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people, in what is so-called Vancouver.
Her interest is in creating intermedial performances, interactive performances, cyberformances, digital theatre, multi-channel video installations, and city projects. While focusing on the notion of identity, she has been exploring presence and absence, the real and the virtual, here and there, and the absence inside the two worlds that she inhabits. She also questions the borders and boundaries of private and public space. Pegah is interested in the aesthetics of CCTV cameras, cell phone cameras, laptops, monitors, and the Internet.
She is always working with a wide range of performers and is addicted to wandering in the cities:“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 Berlin through my body, and in the city of Tehran through Shahrbanou’s body.We will stroll around for you, and for us; with you and with each other.”