Introducing Pegah Tabassinejad: Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence for 2023/2024

Photo by Sarah Race

Each year the UBC Rogers Communications Multicultural Film Production Project allows us to bring a globally recognized filmmaker into the department as the Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence. This year, we are thrilled to welcome multi-disciplinary artist Pegah Tabassinejad. Pegah will be working with the students in our FIPR 469A class, led by instructor Alejandro Yoshizawa. She will offer feedback to the students, nurture the next generation of Canadian filmmakers, and encourage them to develop their own unique global perspectives.

About Pegah Tabassinejad

Pegah Tabassinejad is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and wanderer, mostly presenting her work in the format of intermedial performances, interactive performances, cyberformances, digital performances, multi-channel video installations, and city projects. She is an uninvited guest living and working on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓ íl̓ witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people.

Focusing on the notion of identity, Pegah has been exploring presence and absence, the real and the virtual, here and there, and the absence inside the two worlds that she inhabits in. While interested in body and body movements, 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 holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Simon Fraser University and a BA in Stage Directing from the Art University in Tehran. She also studied Visual Art at Azad University of Tehran and Contemporary Dance in Paris at Conservatoire de la Danse. She has taught various studio and seminar courses at the University of Art in Tehran, as well as leading workshops in Paris, Tehran and Vancouver. She is currently teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Pegah’s work has been showcased internationally across Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Read more about Pegah’s work at




It with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Phil Lind in August of last year. A visionary leader in the media industry and a dedicated advocate for the arts, Phil’s philanthropic contributions have left an indelible mark on our department and the wider UBC community. We are immensely grateful for his enduring legacy and commitment to fostering creativity and innovation. Read more.