Visions from the Pit
Date and Time: Thursday May 25, 8:00 PM | Friday May 26, 9:30 PM | Saturday May 27, 3:15PM
Duration: 45-60 mins, with intermission
Location: The Chapel
General Admission: $15
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50
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Director: Tania Houtzager
Producer: Christopher Squier
Artist: Lindsay Tunkl
Artist: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Photographer: Minoosh Zomorodinia
Visions from the Pit: a reflection on the trope of ‘the Doom,’ the medieval European painting genre dedicated to depicting the end of days. Repurposing this concept of the end times, Embark presents visions from the pit—vignettes on chaos, the monstrous, and the apocalypse.
Embark Gallery is a non-profit organization that offers exhibition opportunities to graduate students of the Fine Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. It provides a space for an engaged community of artists, curators and scholars, and aims to expand the audience for emerging contemporary art
ARTIST BIOSGabriel Christian (t(he)y/(t)him) is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher with wide performance experience. They hold a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale, graduating in the Fall of 2013. After graduation, their work pivoted towards reifying queer desire, genderfluidity (or “juicyness”) and black resilience. All three are liberatory practices of daily livelihood and immortalization, opening the aperture into a community of burgeoning (and arrived) geniuses. Since finishing a Queer Emerging Artists Residency at Destiny Arts Center in 2016, they've mounted and participated in works at Counterpulse, SOMArts, CTRL+SHIFT Gallery, Eureka Theater, Solespace, and Stanford University. Current projects include assistant directing "PARADISE: Return to Aja" with Topsy Turvy Queer Circus and exploring queerness in faith at a three-month residency at Finnish Brotherhood Hall. They have most recently concluded the first part of Black Presence/Black Residue, a live digitized meditation with twenty-eight Black and Brown artists exploring insistent, non-historical, flawful and non-linear Blackness through daily collaboration in February and March.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto received his BA and an MAH in Art History from Edinburgh University and completed his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute this year. As an artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent and having grown up in Pakistan, Bhutto sees his body caught in the middle of complex identity politics formed by centuries of colonialism and exacerbated by contemporary international politics. He explores political queerness and how that queerness exists in a constant in-between and non-aligned space. His work has been shown in the United States, Pakistan, Scotland, Dubai, and Colombia.