Kasra Goodarznezhad is a new media artist based in Toronto. His main focus is Lighting Design and Installation. After studying Graphic Design in Tehran, Iran, he came to Toronto to continue his studies at OCAD University and graduated from the Integrated Media program, winning his major’s medal award. He started his career as a New Media artist around 2011. Since then, he’s done numerous projects in photography, video, lighting design and installation, and digital arts. Throughout his career as a new media artist, Kasra has participated in various research and results based residencies, and has managed to secure grants for his solo and collective projects.
Kasra is the founder of 2 Ontario based QTBIPOC collectives, Komite and Displaced collective, and throughout their 3 years of operation, he has curated, promoted and showcased works by different artists as well as his own work. Reflecting on growing up in Iran and immigrating to Canada in 2015, Kasra’s work deals with concepts of displacement, repression, memory and censorship. In his work, Kasra looks to explore the subjective complexities of being an individual living in a society that forces you to behave in ways sanctioned by those who hold power.