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Gita Hashemi

Gita Hashemi

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Gender female
Birth 1961
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Gita Hashemi (Persian: گیتا هاشمی, born 1961) is an Iranian-born artist, writer and curator who lives and works from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her work juxtaposes history and the present, political and personal, and local and global. It draws on language as both visual and narrative element, and includes installation, video, and performance art, with collaborative, participatory and interactive strategies.

She is the first Iranian artist to perform calligraphy as a live art which she refers to as embodied writing. She was an early practitioner of Net art and Digital art (early-1990s to mid-2000s). Her narrative CD-R Of Shifting Shadows: Revisiting the 1979 Iranian Revolution through an Exilic Journey in History and Memory is a comprehensive artistic account of the Iranian Revolution and has been exhibited widely. She originated the revisionary maxim, "The personal is poetic, the poetic is political, the political is personal."

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