The PaykanArtCar exhibition arrives in Montreal to convey a message of dignity for the Iranian people
A new art exhibit in Montreal aims to convey a message of dignity and highlight the plight of the LGBTQ community in Iran, which may still face the death penalty.
The “PaykanArtCar” can be seen at Salon Richmond on the Montreal leg of the Canadian tour, which kicked off in Toronto last November. The project is led by PaykanArtCar, a non-profit organization and 3.19.27(2), a Toronto-based arts organization.
The exhibit takes a historic 1974 Paykan, the first Iranian-made car, and turns it into a colorful statement of human rights for Iranian citizens, regardless of race, religion, gender or orientation sexual.
“We are privileged to have acquired a historic 1974 Paykan Hillman Hunter limousine, a gift from the Shah of Iran to the authoritarian Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu,” said Dr. Hiva Feizi, Executive Director and Co-Founder of PaykanArtCar. a press release on the project.
“PaykanArtCar puts Iranian artists in the driving seat and leads a conversation about how Iranians are silenced and persecuted. We want artists to use this vehicle as a canvas to share stories of oppression while inspiring people and calling for change.
Iran remains one of the most repressive countries for the LBGTQ community. Last month, NBC News reported that two gay men were hanged in a prison in the northwest city of Maragheh, about 500 kilometers from Tehran, after spending six years on death row.
Iranian artist and activist Alireza Shojaian painted the first PaykanArtCar. The organization plans to periodically commission Iranian artists to paint the Paykan – a symbol of national pride in the country – to highlight the struggle for human rights.
The “PaykanArtCar” will be at 550 BC. Richmond in Montreal until Saturday night