Contemporary women artists from the Middle East challenge Western stereotypes and tell gripping narratives of their lives in a part of the world that remains veiled to many. From August 2012 through January 2013, Rutgers and Princeton universities sponsored “The Fertile Crescent,” a wide-ranging program of exhibitions, performances, lectures, and films designed to showcase cutting edge art from the Middle East.

State of the Arts meets some of the artists, including Zeina Barakeh (Palestine-Lebanon), Fatimah Tuggar (Nigeria), Parastou Forouhar (Iran), and Sigalit Landau (Jerusalem), as well as curators Judith Brodsky and Ferris Olin. Exhibits at the Princeton University Art Museum and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University are featured.

Sigalit Landau and Zeina Barakeh are also featured in Video Art from the Middle East: Personal and Political on NJ Today.

Produced by Susan Wallner.