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A beat-up 1970s Toyota Corona sits among bundles of household goods, waiting for the tarried family who will pile their life atop its roof racks and drive to new beginnings. The sky-blue car is part of a new exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology that showcases the works of contemporary artists from the Middle East, in the hopes they can debunk a western-world myth that the area is all about burkas, bloodshed and bombings. The life-size visual display entitled “Destination X” by Lebanese artist, Ayman Baalbaki, chronicles his family’s flight from their homeland during a 1970 civil war.

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