Marzieh Mosavarzadeh is an Iranian-Canadian 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 so-called 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. She also works there as a sessional instructor, research assistant, and teacher assistant.
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. As a visual artist and art educator, Marzieh’s 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.
In the past few years, Marzieh’s artistic practice and arts-based research have been generously supported by the University of Calgary’s Graduate Students’ Association award, Alberta Foundations for the Arts (AFA) award, Jeanette Andrews Scholarship in Art Education, and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
Marzieh received her MFA degree from University of Calgary in Fall 2016, and is the founder of Present Art Studio in Vancouver, BC.