Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is a visual and performance artist, zombie drag queen – who goes by the Alias Faluda Islam – as well as curator of mixed Pakistani, Lebanese and Iranian descent. He is based in San Francisco, California where he received an MFA in Studio Art at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016.
Bhutto’s work delves deep into a futurist imagining of South Asia, the Middle East and the larger Muslim world, through a research based process excavating archives from disparate sources. He takes on histories of revolution, resistance and resilience and queers them using his body as a filter through a multi-media practice based primarily in the realm of future story telling.
Bhutto was curatorial resident at SOMArts Cultural Center where he co-curated, The Third Muslim: Queer and Trans Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience. He has shown in galleries, museums and theaters globally, including The de Young and Asian Art Museums in San Francisco, The Queens Museum and Flux Gallery in New York City, the Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Bogotá, Colombia and at the Beirut Art Fair. He has spoken extensively on the intersections of faith, radical thought and futurity at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and The California College of the Arts. Today he works as a teaching artist and community arts facilitator.
UC Irvine, Visiting Artist and Lecture Series with Aziz Sohail and Abdullah Qureshi
Thursday the 10 January 2019 7pm, Irvine, California, USA.
Somewhere on the UC Irvine Campus, more info soon.
Tuesday 22 January 2019 7:30pm, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Multicultural Center Theater, UC Santa Barbara
Wednesday 24 April 2019 7:30pm, Oakland, California, USA
Danforth Lecture Hall, Mills College
20-22 June 2019, 8:00pm, San Francisco, California, USA
Currently on View
I am to see to it that I do not lose you on view till 12 January 2019
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Orestes Gonzalez
SFCamera Work, San Francisco, California, USA
The Perfect Gentleman on view till the end of January 2019
Group Show with Sophia Balagamwala, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Saud Baloch, Abdullah Qureshi and Maria Khan
Rossi and Rossi, London, UK