AoTW: Contemporary Artists from the Middle East

There seems to be a tremendous amount of attention on the Middle East and Islam as of late with many news stories revolving around the “ground zero” mosque, Koran burning, Iran, the upcoming arms sale to Saudi Arabia, etc, etc.  

Untitled by Egyptian artist, Amal Kenawy

 

With all of the above in mind, I wanted to highlight the works of artists who are from the Middle East and I found that tracking some down is a somewhat difficult task as there isn’t a lot of coverage here in the West.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by an article in The Guardian which highlights the work of several contemporary artists who are from the Middle East.  The link and the source of the imagery can be found here: Guardian article  

Champions by Iranian painter Behrang Samadzadegan

 

As one might imagine, some of the central themes revolve around consumerism, the interface between the West and the Middle East, stereotypes, perception (in the broadest sense of the word), and so forth.  I may pick a couple of the pieces and analyze them in a later post but for now, I’ll leave it at this.  Be sure to check out The Guardian’s article.

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