"Zulfikar Ali Bhutto//Faluda Islam\\ is an artist, performer, zombie drag queen and curator of mixed Pakistani, Lebanese and Iranian descent. His work explores complex identities formed by centuries of colonialism and exacerbated by contemporary international politics. Bhutto unpacks the intersections of queerness and Islam and how it exists in a constant liminal and non-aligned space. Bhutto was 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 and part time unicorn in San Francisco."
"Pacifico Silano is a lens-based artist whose work is an exploration of print culture, the circulation of imagery and LGBTQ identity. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he received his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited in group shows, including at the Bronx Museum; Tacoma Art Museum; Oude Kerk, Amsterdam; and ClampArt, New York City. He has had solo shows at ClampArt, New York City and Baxter ST@CCNY.
Reviews of his work have appeared in The New Yorker, Artforum, Washington Post and The New York Times. He is a winner of the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and a Finalist for the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. He was chosen as an Artist in Residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY, granted a Workspace Residency at Baxter Street CCNY and was a Key Holder Resident at the Lower East Side Printshop. He is a 2016 fellow in Photography with the New York Foundation for the Arts.
A selection of his work will be included in the upcoming exhibition “Fantasy America” at The Warhol Museum in 2020."
"....They show fragmented narrative moments that hint at larger stories and contexts, but also ground the viewer in a particular time and place. Sexuality is a prominent theme within the subject matter, but it is tackled honestly and beautifully, evoking tenderness and intimacy. Painting loving and erotic scenes between men, Fratino pushes the viewer to gaze beyond the immediate homosexual subject, challenging the limits of social understandings of homosexuality and emphasizing the relationships, lives, and narratives that underscore the gay experience.
Louis Fratino is currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and received his BFA in Painting with Concentration in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art. He completed the Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship at Yale Summer School of Art and Music and most recently a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting in Berlin, Germany. Fratino is represented by Thierry Goldberg Gallery, included recently in a three person show Chase / Fratino / Lee earlier this year, following a solo exhibition at the gallery in 2016. "