PaykanArtCar and 3.19.27(2) will exhibit the inaugural PaykanArtCar in Montreal from March 10 through to March 12. 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.”

Montreal pop-up exhibition

March 10th: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Media and VIP: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

March 11th: 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM

March 12th: 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Panel discussion: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM