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).