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Paper Dolls by Nick Aitken
Thursday Sep 28 7:00pm-10:00pm in San Francisco
https://youtu.be/8MVB9U0wKwU

PAPER DOLLS: A DECK OF PLAYING CARDS,
A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT BY NICK AITKEN
PREMIERES AT THE ACADEMY SEPTEMBER 28
The evening will include charity blackjack games using Aitken’s portraits on custom‐made decks of cards, a cocktail reception, and a showcase of all 50+ portraits in varying sizes

The event is free and open to the public, and features a collection of over 50 portraits of people from the artist’s life, including mayoral candidate Mark Leno, and notable drag performers Peaches Christ, Suppository Spelling, and Grace Towers.

The collection merges past and present, as well as masculinity and femininity, using costumes from the 17th to early 20th centuries, with ornamentation and multiple contrasting fabrics to create the feeling of an old portrait from the past injected with vivid color and new life.

“Paper Dolls is about inspiration and the community I'm from in San Francisco. It's about perseverance, about telling a story, about my life and experience, and leaving something behind. It’s sort of fantasy or dreamlike,” says Aitken. “It’s about taking someone from the present day, all the people who have influenced me in one way or another, and then marrying this idea that they had a past life and were confident to be who they were authentically at that time.”

Nick did all of the photography, wardrobe, styling, grooming, plus editing and post production.

The 3.5x5 deck of cards are 75.00 a copy and 100.00 for a signed limited copy.
You can purchase them the evening of the show or online at

www.nickaitken.net


Free Admission
Art exhibition

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The Academy SF
2166 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

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