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“Beautiful Beasts” Virtual Art Opening for Mokhtar Paki at Strut

December 4   8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Virtual Art Opening Friday, December 4th at 8 PM!

Join us for a virtual tour of every piece of art, interview with the artist about their work, their process, and discussion about each piece, as well as a QnA with the virtual audience.

After a very long break due to COVID 19 and the quarantine because of this tragic pandemic, we are bringing back the art program at Strut, so get ready for more queer art! Unfortunately, we will not be having our traditional big party art opening, but we are exhibiting the work of the artist Mokhtar Paki on our second-floor gallery and having a Virtual Art Opening!

Join us Friday, December 4th, at 8 PM PST for our virtual art opening! We will be doing a detailed virtual tour and discussion of each of Mokhtar Paki’s art pieces that will be hanging on our wall, as well as an interview with the artist, plus a QnA with the virtual audience. Make sure to reserve your spot through EventBrite using this LINK!

The Art program at Strut was founded the same year Magnet began back in 2003 and we’ve been exhibiting the work of a different queer artist each month ever since! We had to take a break during the pandemic but we will be doing what we can to celebrate the work of queer artists while keeping our artists and community safe. Strut is still open, if you come use our sexual health services you can check out the art in person. Mokhtar Paki’s art will be at Strut during the month of December 2020.

Artist Statement: I use the format of Pardeh which in Persian means curtain, and is an image on a large strong panel that was hung on a wall and narrated by the Pardehkha. I’m interested in mythology, and like to narrate the sequences of my stories either in one Pardeh or a collection of smaller related images. Here I have two Pardehs and related smaller images concerning the beauty of nature in time and place. The first collection is about Varun, a homosexual god that was banished with other deities by a powerful Monotheism of Zoroastrianism about 1000 BC in Iran. Varun, who’s namesake is still the god of sea in India, was demonized and pictured in unflattering images by the religious institutions. The second collection deals with the present time , 2020 with the pandemic and the social unrest and the force of imposing nature in our uncertain lives.

About the Artist: Mokhtar lives in the Bay Area and works as a visual artist and an art teacher. Mokhtar creates and shows his works at his studio Firehouse Art Collective regularly. His Daily Sketches, reflecting social, cultural and political environment has been posted uninterrupted at the social medias since November 9, 2016. His illustrations had appeared in the local as well as European publications since 1980s. To learn more just visit www.mokhtarpaki.com

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Baruch Porras Hernandez
Email:
bporrashernandez@sfaf.org

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