Pantea Karimi is a multidisciplinary artist with an interest in the taxonomy of image-text relationships. She researches visual representations and textual contents in medieval Persian and Arab, and early modern European scientific manuscripts in five categories: mathematics, medicinal botany, anatomy, optics/astronomy, and cartography. She works with interactive installations, silkscreen, and digital prints on various substrates and virtual reality. In 2018, at The British Library, Karimi looked at a few manuscripts on early astronomy by Biruni and Galileo which provided the inspiration for this exhibition. In Countdown: Biruni-Galileo-Apollo, Karimi exhibits multimedia works that present the Moon from scientific and cultural views, specifically in medieval Persian poetry. The works also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.
Pantea Karimi has lived, studied, and worked in Iran, the UK and the US and presently resides in San Jose, California. Karimi’s fine arts are in public and private collections and have been exhibited in diverse solo, group and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the US. Her research residencies include The British Library and the Institute Archives & Special Collections at MIT. She is the recipient of the 2019 Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant in San Jose; the 2016-2017 Kala Fellowship Award; and the 2011 Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative Fellowship. Karimi is an Adjunct Faculty at the departments of Studio Art and Digital Media at the College of San Mateo.