Gita Hashemi is an extra-disciplinary 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 participatory, collaborative, networked and community art projects in Iran, the U.S. and Canada, and has served on the boards of a number of artist-run organizations. She teaches critical theory and practice in time-based art, new media and performance/interventionist art as adjunct faculty at York University, and at University of Toronto at Scarborough. She has an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Among other projects, Hashemi's work includes "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), "Post-Coitus" (netart, 2003), OliveFair (intermedia, 2003), Acts of Being (intervention, 2005), OpinionWare (extradisciplinary, 2005), La Nueva Vida (blogart, 2007), Ephemeral Monument (installation, 2008) and YorkIsUs.Org (intervention/netart 2008).
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's curatorial work includes Trans/Planting (2001); Negotiations, from a Piece of Land to a Land of Peace (2003); Will (2003); RealPlay (2004-06); Locating Afghanistan (2004-06); Autoliberacion (2007).
Hashemi is a founding member of the Post-Exile Collective, Creative Response and YorkIsUs, and the founder of IAD (Iranian Artists in Dialogue).