Aydan Hasanova


Hello! I am an illustrator, 2D animator and graphic designer currently based in Toronto, ON. I focus on depicting honest stories, fragments of my memories, and emotional curiosities with nuance, empathy and humor.

My educational background allows me to toggle between various artistic disciplines, while understanding how to effectively connect, relate and communicate with communities. I have worked as a freelancer for startups, brands, festivals – each time aligning my artistic practice with the collaborative values and visions for the project.

I additionally highly enjoy being an educator, coordinator and assistant in festivals and local organizations. In my cultural and pedagogical practice, I am invigorated by the interactions formed between emerging artists who are interested in critically engaging and revisioning their own artistic practice through history, theory and methodology. I am constantly reflecting and re-constructing in my own artistic practice to better understand the intersection of visual representations and storytelling within its cultural and social context.

My research explores the intra-actions within Azerbaijan’s continuously changing cultural identity through a feminist reading of Soviet Azerbaijani cinema, and by projecting fragments of Soviet Azerbaijani films in an installation.