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Iranian Art Scene Flourishes Despite Restrictions
In Oct. 2009, the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize was a contest in the United Kingdom to support Iranian artists.
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Iranian artist Abbas Kowsari’s piece called 'Shade of Water' hangs at the Magic in Persia Contemporary Art Prize exhibition in London, Oct., 2009.

(Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize)

Iranian Art Show

Sahand Hesaniyan's geometric sculptures are on display at the Magic in Persia Contemporary Art Prize exhibition in London in Oct. 2009.

Iranian Art Show

Artist Newsha Tazakolian's piece hangs at the Magic in Persia Contemporary Art Prize exhibition in London, Oct. 2009. 

(Magic in Persia Contemporary Art Prize)

Iranian Art Show

Artist Vahid Chamani's art depicts disfigured and discolored human faces.

Iranian Art Show

The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize went to Mahmoud Bakshi Moakhar, who does installations that involve flags and tulips. Here, Moakhar's Iranian flags hang with heavy stains.

Iranian Art Show

Mahmoud Bakshi Moakhar receives the first prize at the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize in London in Oct., 2009. 

(Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize)

Iranian Art Show

Artist Mahmoud Bakshi Moakhar made this American flag doormat – his satirical take on the Islamic regime’s practice of having people trample the American flag.

(Mahmoud Bakshi Moakhar)

Iranian Art Scene Flourishes Despite Restrictions

In Oct. 2009, the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize was a contest in the United Kingdom to support Iranian artists.

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