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Iranian artists defy Western stereotypes in a new group exhibition

6 March 2017

One piece shows a woman wearing a loosely tied hijab, her peroxide-blonde hair hanging in front. She has blue contact lenses and blows a large pink bubble with her gum. Another features 32 stacked Persian carpets, each with a cutout in the shape of a fighter jet. Both works, along with 25 others, are on display at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum as part of "Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians," a new exhibition of Iranian art.