Even as world headlines from the Middle East focus on upheaval and violence, the region's culture continues to thrive. Here's our look at some groups and individuals making their mark on arts and culture in the region, in no particular order.
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lebanon
Long-time collaborators Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige are at once visual artists and filmmakers. Their innovative, multimedia installations are displayed at top venues, and their films span fact and fiction. In recent exhibits and an upcoming documentary, they explore the Lebanese Rocket Society and the country's one-time (hopeful) space program.