PaykanArtCar is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2021 to unite the talents of contemporary Iranian artists with a beloved symbol of national pride: the Paykan automobile. Through creativity, the organization advocates for the restoration of human rights and dignity for all in Iran, no matter their race, religion, gender, or their sexual orientation.
The first edition of the PaykanArtCar earned the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent at OFF 2022. The second edition of PaykanArtCar gives voice to the Women, Life, Freedom revolution in Iran. Simin Keramati, an Iranian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, has been commissioned by PaykanArtCar to transform this iconic automobile to a powerful vehicle for freedom.