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.
Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, Iran
Brotherly duo Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh paint bold, fantastical pieces — at times pulling imagery from traditional Persian art and customs — that carry commentary on their society and culture. They have used partially nude figures in some work and a few years ago, they fled Iran for the United Arab Emirates after being targeted by authorities. A profile in W magazine said they were “creating some of the most complex and provocative art in the Middle East.”
(Photo: Self portrait, WMagazine.com)