Gita Hashemi (bio)

Gita Hashemi is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural activist, writer and educator. Her formal arts training started at the School of Fine Arts, Tehran University, and, after leaving the Islamic Republic, continued at CSUN, California. She left the United States in 1991 in protest against the first war on Iraq, and has since been residing in Toronto, Canada, where she has worked in theatre, film, video and digital media. She has been involved in many community art projects in Iran, the U.S. and Canada, and has served on the boards of a number of artist-run organizations. She has an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and currently teaches as adjunct faculty in Visual Arts and Humanities at York University, Toronto. Hashemi's independent digital media projects include "Geometamorphosis of Exile and the Moon Chronicle" (1996, CD-R), "steps to the moon" (1997, netart, in Rhizome artbase), "Hypernomadic Textual Journies" (1998, netart), "Shifting Shadow Solitude" (1999, netart), "Of Shifting Shadows" (2000, CD-R), "The Word Room" (2001, collaborative installation and netart), "A War Primer" (ineractive sound art, 2001), and "Post-Coitus" (netart, 2003). Her CD-R "Of Shifting Shadows" received the Independent Projects Award (disk-based) at Baddeck International New Media Festival 2001, and was a highlight of the SIGGRAPH 2001 art exhibit. In 2002, Hashemi received the Toronto Community Foundation/InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre's Award for her sound installation "A War Primer."

Hashemi is a founding member of the Post-Exile Collective and Creative Response, and the founder of IAD (Iranian Artists in Dialogue).