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.

Upcoming Events

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.


The Alif Series: In Conversation With the Dead

Performance by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as Faluda Islam

Tuesday 22 January 2019 7:30pm, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Multicultural Center Theater, UC Santa Barbara


Mills College, Graduate Lecture Series

Wednesday 24 April 2019 7:30pm, Oakland, California, USA

Danforth Lecture Hall, Mills College


Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth: The Queer Intifada

20-22 June 2019, 8:00pm, San Francisco, California, USA

Counter Pulse


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