Negar Farajiani is an electric young artist from Iran brought to Seattle by the M.I.A Gallery. The show, Vivacity, features six brightly colored wall hangings that are quilted and embroidered; her work is playful, but it has an edge. They’re soft, but they feature the hardened bodies and expressions of determined female athletes. Parts of the fabric surfaces are printed with a pixelated pattern, a reference to the censoring on Iranian TV. There’s also an altered photograph of Farajiani's mother, and a video of the artist playing a game on the streets of Tehran, teasing out the “women play games, men play sports” trope. (M.I.A Gallery, 1203 Second Ave, m-i-a-gallery.com, 11 am–5 pm, free, through May 17)