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    May 9, 2022

    The PaykanArtCar Will Be on Display at the Magasins Généraux for the Utopi.e Exhibition

    (Washington, D.C.) — PaykanArtCar – a non-profit organization collaborating with artists to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and human rights in Iran – will be exhibiting its 1974 Paykan Hillman Hunter at the ‘Utopi.e’ exhibition in Paris. The PaykanArtCar will be on display from the 17th… Read More

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    May 3, 2022

    PaykanArtCar Wins the 2022 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent

    (Washington, D.C.) — PaykanArtCar has won the Human Rights Foundation’s 2022 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent. As one of three Havel Prize Laureates, the PaykanArtCar will be on exhibition at the Oslo Freedom Forum May 23-25. The Oslo Freedom Forum is a global gathering… Read More

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    April 12, 2022

    PaykanArtCar Strongly Condemns Iran’s Proposed Internet Bill for its Surveillance and Censorship of LGBTQ+ People

    (Washington, D.C.) — PaykanArtCar, a non-profit organization collaborating with artists to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and human rights in Iran, strongly urges the international community to call on Iran to rescind its proposed internet protection bill. The legislation will enhance state surveillance, quash freedom of expression and deprive the… Read More

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    March 7, 2022

    The PaykanArtCar will be exhibited at the Salon Richmond in Montréal from March 10 to 12

    (Montréal, Québec) — The PaykanArtCar will be exhibited in Montréal at the Salon Richmond for three days, from March 10 to 12. PaykanArtCar is a non-profit, non-partizan organization which unites the talents of contemporary Iranian artists with a symbol of Iranian pride, the Paykan automobile, to advocate for human rights… Read More

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    March 7, 2022

    La PaykanArtCar sera exposée au Salon Richmond à Montréal du 10 au 12 mars

    (Montréal, Québec) — La PaykanArtCar sera exposée à Montréal, au Salon Richmond, durant trois jours, du 10 au 12 mars. PaykanArtCar est une organisation non partisane et à but non lucratif qui réunit les talents d’artistes contemporains iraniens avec un emblème de la fierté iranienne – la voiture Paykan –… Read More

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    March 1, 2022

    PaykanArtCar Expresses Its Anger Towards Iran’s Supreme Leader’s Comments On The LGBTQ+ Community

    PaykanArtCar expresses its outrage and consternation at Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s latest diatribe against the LGBTQ+ community. In a televized address to the Iranian people, Ali Khamenei – Iran’s supreme leader since 1989 – described homosexuality as a widespread symbol of moral deprivation and the… Read More

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    February 2, 2022

    Campaign Targeting Paykan on Instagram Leads to Content Removal and Censorship

    Last week, an Instagram post by PaykanArtCar marking its participation in the Ai Weiwei Run For Your Rights Campaign was removed from the advocacy campaign’s hashtag #RunForOurRights in an apparently coordinated campaign to silence pro-Iranian LGTBQ+ voices. Read More

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    January 20, 2022

    PaykanArtCar remembers the victims of Flight 752

    On the second anniversary of the Flight 752 atrocity, PaykartCar expresses solidarity with the Canadian government which continues to seek truth and justice in the face of Iran’s obstructionism and calls on the international community not to forget the 176 innocent lives lost on January 8, 2020. Read More

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    November 8, 2021

    The PaykanArtCar, a Vehicle for Human Rights, is Touring Canada

    TORONTO, ON, November 8, 2021 – PaykanArtCar will partner with 3.19.27(2) to bring the inaugural PaykanArtCar on tour across Canada. The tour begins in Toronto on November 24 through to December 15. Exhibition dates in Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver are to be announced. The PaykanArtCar is a nonprofit,… Read More

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    October 18, 2021

    Paris-based Iranian LGTBQ+ artist excluded by major Parisian art fair

    A new artwork celebrating the Iranian LGBTQ+ community by Paris-based Iranian LGBTQ+ artist Alireza Shojaian has been cancelled by the organizers of the ASIA NOW contemporary art fair (21-24 October 2021). Despite having approached and formally invited the artist, the AsiaNow organizers have revoked their invitation just days before the major… Read More