Narges Bajoghli, Co-Founder
Ms. Narges Bajoghli is a PhD candidate in socio-cultural and linguistic Anthropology at New York University and a documentary filmmaker in the Culture and Media Program at NYU. Along with Ms. Nikoo Paydar, Ms. Bajoghli co-founded IAAB in 2003, overseeing, among others, the development of its International Conferences on the Iranian Diaspora, the creation of Camp Ayandeh, and co-curating TRANSFORM/NATION: Contemporary Art of Iran and Its Diaspora, sister exhibitions in Washington DC and Tehran, summer 2007. Ms. Bajoghli received a M.A. in the Social Sciences, focusing on Anthropology, from the University of Chicago, a M.A. from New York University in Anthropology, and her B.A. from Wellesley College in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. As the recipient of the Susan Knafel Fellowship, Ms. Bajoghli spent three semesters researching at the University of Tehran's Faculty of Law and Political Science, and developing projects focusing on the victims of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War. She is the director of The Skin That Burns, a documentary film about survivors of chemical warfare in Iran and she currently directs an oral history project on the same topic at the Tehran Peace Museum. She has been a recipient of the Hedgebrook Writer's Residency and the Voices of Our Nation Residency. Ms. Bajoghli has worked extensively with non-profit organizations in Iran and Latin America and has spent time studying at the University of Havana, Cuba, La Casa de las Americas, Cuba, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). She is currently on the Steering Committee of the Iranian Studies Initiative at NYU.
Nikoo Paydar, PhD, Co-Founder
Nikoo Paydar received her PhD in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, focusing on representations of Middle Eastern women in early twentieth-century French art. In July 2008, she completed her M.A. in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute as a Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation Scholar. Ms. Paydar worked at the Smithsonian Institution Office of Policy and Analysis in Washington, D.C. and was the 2005 Contemporary Curatorial Intern at the Drawing Center in New York City. She holds a B.A. in the History of Art from Tufts University, where she was a Citizenship and Public Service Scholar and a Tufts Institute for Leadership and International Perspective Student Fellow. Ms. Paydar studied for one year at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she created a photo-journal exhibition of Iranian lifestyle and culture that was shown in Boston and London. She co-curated IAAB's TRANSFORM/NATION: Contemporary Art of Iran and Its Diaspora with Ms. Bajoghli.