PaykanArtCar and 3.19.27(2) will exhibit the inaugural PaykanArtCar in Toronto from November 24 through to December 15. Exhibition dates in Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver are to be announced. PaykanArtCar is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that unites the talents of contemporary Iranian artists with a beloved symbol of national pride — the Paykan automobile — to advocate for the restoration of human rights and dignity for all in Iran no matter their race, religion, gender or their sexual orientation.

The inaugural PaykanArtCar is painted by Iranian artist and activist Alireza Shojaian, and gives a voice to the LGBTQ+ community in Iran who live under a brutal and oppressive regime.

"Since its inception, 3.19.27(2) has held a number of exhibitions highlighting at risk artists," the organization's Executive Director Kyle Beattie said. "PaykanArtCar is undoubtedly the most important installation we will be exhibiting to date. The tragic and violent deaths of countless gay, lesbian, and transgender people needs to end, and the only way to end these attacks is to confront the ones responsible. The best way of doing so is to act. Our way of acting is giving the stage to people who have lived to tell the story.”

Toronto

November 19: Media and VIP
November 20: VIP
November 21: VIP
November 24 to December 15: Open to public
Gallery closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Gallery hours for public exhibition: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.