"Rebellious Silence" Shirin Neshat, 1994. (photo taken by C. Preston). Neshat is an Iranian visual artist living in New York, whose work deals primarily with issues of identity and sexuality for Muslim women.
Tile detail of Iranian Mosque, Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Phil Weymouth; I was told that Islam prohibits the representation of nature, hence the abstracts - not really flowers or leaves but overall that's the impression. Intricate and mesmerizing.
Nadia Jahani's faceclaim is the Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani. Nadia is a ghoul from Arizona who has ended up in Denver and is a paramedic at the clinic of Our Lady of Miracles. She has a biting wit and a tendency to eat parts of animals others would rather not while working to try to stave off her constant hunger.