Mona_Kasra_Pic Mona Kasra is a new media artist and educator currently pursuing a PhD at University of Texas at Dallas with a focus in Arts & Technology and Emerging Media & Communication.

In her work, Mona often addresses her Persian background and questions social, cultural, and traditional assumptions that she, as an Iranian born woman, grew up with. Her videos tend to be poetic autobiographies, revealing her curiosities, memories, fears, and insecurities. She has shown work in many exhibitions and festivals both in gallery and online settings.

In 2005, Mona joined Collage Ensemble, a Los Angeles Arts Collective of inter-disciplinary artists collaborating on multi-media artwork related to urban life and inter-ethnic experiences. Since then, together with artist Alan Nakagawa, they worked on several collaborative art projects including “LA Menu Munchies,” a dynamic video poetry of food, story and digital portraiture which was premiered at the Japanese American Museum of Art in Los Angeles in September 2006, and a site-specific sound installation/performance, “Mammoth,” celebrating the opening of the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts’ Transformation/ Phase One in February 2008. In addition to Collage Ensemble, Mona is a core member of inter.sect Art Collective which involves a group of digital artists who use new media platforms to explore digital exhibition spaces outside the traditional gallery model. inter.sect’s latest collaboration, SecondHand, was an online new media exhibition on 12seconds.tv involving visual translations of text via mobile phones.

In 2011, she served as the Art Gallery Chair at SIGGRAPH International Conference & Exhibition and had the opportunity to work with many prominent artists, designers, and educators from around the world.

Mona holds a B.A. in Graphic Design and an M.F.A. in Video/Digital Art, and since 2002, She has been teaching Digital Art, Design, and Media courses at various academic institutions including California State University, Northridge, Santa Monica College, and University of Texas at Dallas.