BiographyBorn in 1985, Ahvaz, Iran
Pegah Izadian is an Iranian visual artist, based in Tehran and graduated from Tehran University of Art with an M.A. in Directing Animation. She has worked as a director, screenwriter, lecturer and puppet designer and has published four articles discussing the field of contemporary experimental animation.
In 2017, by mixing my handmade work and stop motion animation experiences, I made my first stop motion puppet which originated from my personal character. Then I started my career as a freelance puppet designer and doll maker until now.
2015-presentCollaboration with Universities and Festivals
In October 2012, 2013 and 2015 I was invited to Tehran University of Art for lecturing about new era of experimental animation cinema at "International Animation Day" Celebration. After that it was my honor to become a jury member of the first Animation Studies Student Conference at the University of Art sponsored by the Society for Animation Studies (SAS) in 2016. I have been continuing my cooperation with some universities such as Al-Zahra University (2015-2020), Maziar Advanced University of Royan (2017 to present) and Tehran University of Art (2019 to present) as a part-time lecturer. Furthermore, in 2015 I volunteered to collaborate with the ninth Tehran International Animation Festival as the director of workshops and conferences.
In 2012, besides my thesis I made an animation that was called Me Who Is Not Me. I used various techniques like pixilation, photo animation and rotoscoping. Ever since I have tried to get inspiration from daily life and started using everyday tools and materials to create stop-frame animations. This ideas led me to create another film named Spin with an innovative technique for the first time in history. It received positive feedback from Tehran International Animation Festival. During testing many other techniques, I found mobile phone as a new tool for experimental filmmaking and made Octo in 2017 which has been officially selected and screened at many festivals. Now I am trying to find a better experimental atmosphere to create my new ideas.
2012-2016Experimental Animation Studies
During animation courses, I was impressed by experimental animation. As a result, I wrote my thesis with the title of “The New Expressive Ways of Experimental Animation” in 2012 -under the supervision of Prof. Fatemeh Hosseini-Shakib- which won the “Best Graduate Animation Thesis” prize in the ninth Tehran International Animation Festival in 2015 and has encouraged me to expand my studies and write four articles with the title of “New Approaches of Experimental animation” in 2015, “What is Experimental Animation?”, “Forming Game: An Experiment in Creating Human Being” and “Farshid Mesqali: Pioneer of the Modern Animation Experiments” in 2016. Also, I had an interview about self-expression in experimental animations with Iran's ASIFA magazine in 2019.
2009-2013Various Experiences in Animation
After one year of working as a freelance jewelry designer, I decided to follow again my main enthusiasm for art in animation. I found animation as an area by which I can express more my artistic self as well. So, I made my decision and was admitted to Tehran University of Art for studying animation directing in 2009 and started to try many experiences such as animating, character designing, visual compositing, editing and screenwriting. Then I chose to continue screenwriting as one of my freelance careers from 2012 until now. I also played the role of an art director and title designer for Identity short animation in 2013.
2003-2009Jewelry Design + Graphic Design
In early years, seeking for a way to enter the animation fields, I started my work with graphic design which was more related to animation and my interest in studying about forms and compositions. Then I was admitted to Tehran University of Art for studying handicraft in September 2003. I learned the fundamental principles in art and design and as my graduation project in 2007, I decided to create a set of modern innovative jewelries with hybrid materials -such as wood, river stones, fruit pits, metals, etc.- and abstract designs inspired by natural motifs, under supervising of Prof. AbdolNaser Giv Ghasab.
- “New Approaches of Experimental animation” presented in 2nd National Animation Conference, August 2015, published by Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), March 2017.
- “What is Experimental Animation?” published in Animation Specialized Quarterly Research-Oriented, Educational, Analytic magazine, issue3, Winter 2016, p165-171.
- “Forming Game: An Experiment in Creating Human Being” a film critique published in Animation Specialized Quarterly Research-Oriented, Educational, Analytic magazine, issue3, winter 2016, p174-175.
- “Farshid Mesqali: Pioneer of the Modern Animation Experiments” published in Cinematheque of the Contemporary Art Museum book, Spring 2016, p84-93.
- "About Self-Expression in Experimental Animations", an interview with Iran's ASIFA magazine, issue 2, Winter 2019.