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The Idea of Freedom

Gita Hashemi (Toronto)

November 14th - December 14th, 2013


November 14th – December 14th, 2013

The exhibition The Idea of Freedom brings together works that explore major events in Iran’s twentieth century history. A transmedia work par excellence – installation, performance, video – Headquarters: Pathology of an Ouster and Ouster Remixed (2013) takes its source in a declassified document from the CIA, which was behind the 1953 coup d’état in Iran. Of Shifting Shadows (2000), a hypermedia tale of three fictionalized women who experienced the Iranian Revolution, describes for its part a turning point in each of their lives. Video, animation, sound effects, the spoken word and text intermingle to create a rich visual and narrative mosaic. Of Shifting Shadows has attracted a lot of attention abroad and been exhibited at venues such as SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles (2001) and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in the Yucatán (2003). The exhibition also includes the performance and participatory site-specific installation Ephemeral Monument (2008) whose content inspires the title of the exhibition.

“The personal is poetic, the poetic is political, the political is personal.” That is the watchword of Gita Hashemi, transmedia artist and curator. In 1984, Hashemi left Iran after being expelled from the College of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran for her dissident opinions and political activities. Over the past twenty years, she has created numerous digital art works and transmedia projects.

Opening : Thursday, November 14 – 5 pm
Performance OUSTER REMIXED : Thursday, November 14 – 7 pm
Artist Talk : Friday, November 15 – 3 pm


Discussion/Artist Talk avec/with Gita Hashemi
Performance de/by Gita Hashemi

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