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2020-10-21 Queering the Future/ A conversation between Thea Quiray Tagle and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Thea Quiray Tagle, is a writer, scholar, teacher and curator whose research broadly investigates socially engaged art and site-specific performance; visual cultures of violence and waste; urban planning and the environment; and feminist and queer grassroots responses to political crises and ecological collapse in the expanded Pacific Rim. She is at work on her first book, prospectively titled Salvaging Community: Socially Engaged Art, Urban Renewal, and the Remaking of San Francisco. Thea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Program in Critical Ethnic & Community Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Thea received her PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Human Rights Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is a visual artist, performer and curator. Bhutto’s work explores complex histories of colonialism that are exacerbated by contemporary international politics and in the process unpacks the intersections of queerness and Islam through a multi-media practice. 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 has shown in galleries, museums and theaters globally. He has spoken extensively on the intersections of faith, radical thought and futurity at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, and The California College of the Arts and Mills College. Bhutto is currently based in San Francisco, California where he received an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016.