Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is a visual and performance artist, zombie drag queen – who goes by the Alias Falud Islam – as well as curator of mixed Pakistani, Lebanese and Iranian descent. He is based in San Francisco, California where he recived 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 Berkely, UC Santa Barbara and The California College of the Arts. Today he works as a teaching artist and community arts facilitator.