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.
Wael Shawky, Egypt
Wael Shawky is a contemporary artist in Egypt who employs various media in his artwork. He was among the 2012 winners of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, which facilitated his project, “A Glimpse of Clean History.” From painting, puppetry, sculpture, animation and film, he employs multiple media while contemplating culture, religion, modernization, transition and other topics. Showing that it's possible to dedicate oneself to one's art, he founded, MASS Alexandria, the first independent studio program for young artists in Alexandria, his base.
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