June 16-July 21, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION with Azin Seraj: June 16, 5-8PM
PROJECT DIANA AT THE ALICE GALLERY (6007 – 12th Ave. S., Seattle WA 98108)
thealicegallery.com / @thealicegallery
Queer Value is a two-person show that challenges us to reconsider the worth we place on subaltern spaces, places, and bodies. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto / Faluda Islam and Azin Seraj, queer diasporic artists in the US, redefine the paper arts in their respective projects Mussalmaan Musclemen and Concurrency: Foreign Exchange. Together, these artists joyfully and powerfully fabricate new spaces of desire, liberation, and belonging.
Curated by Thea Quiray Tagle
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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto //Faluda Islam\\ is an artist, performer, zombie drag queen and curator of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent. His work explores complex identity politics formed by centuries of colonialism and exacerbated by contemporary international politics. Bhutto explores the politics of queerness, its intersections with Islam and how it exists in a constant liminal and non-aligned space. Bhutto was a curatorial resident at SOMArts Cultural Center, where he co-curated The Third Muslim: Queer and Trans Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience and is a fall artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Bhutto is currently based in the Bay Area from where he received his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in the summer of 2016. Today he works as a teaching artist, community arts facilitator with Skywatcher, and part time unicorn. @faluda_islam
Azin Seraj: As an Iranian native, Canadian citizen, and American resident, Azin Seraj locates her art practice in a space between languages, cultures, and generations. Her work visually recounts personal narratives in order to give voice to global issues. She is the recipient of the 2010 Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize in Film. Her work has been featured internationally in exhibitions and festivals including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tate Liverpool, Open Space Arts Society, Victoria, (S8) Monstra De Cinema Periférico in Spain, Berkeley Art Museum, 23rd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Croatian Association of Artists, Zagreb. Seraj is a visiting lecturer in film and video production at the University of California, Berkeley. @_azin.s_
Image from Azin Seraj's Concurrency: Foreign Exchange series
The name Project Diana comes from a 1946 NASA mission that projected radio waves into space. These waves broke through the ionosphere, echoed off the moon and then returned to Earth.