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Under The Surface Lifts The Veil On Daily Life In The Middle East

Under the Surface: A Photographic Portrait of the Middle East, by internationally acclaimed photographer Hossein Fatemi, will make its United States debut in Chicago on Saturday, June 7.

Featuring a number of never-before-seen photographs, the exhibition documents the many facets of the Middle East's complex society, lifting the veil on some of the less observed areas and realities of daily life. The exhibition will also feature images published in The New York Times Sunday Review and The New York Times Lens.

A native of Iran and having traveled throughout the Middle East for more than a decade, Fatemi possesses a deep understanding and knowledge of Islamic cultures that differentiates him from American and European photographers.

Through his lens, Fatemi reveals the reality of daily life, particularly for women and youth, in a complex and changing society.

Fatemi's work exposes the attempts of millions of people to navigate a precarious path through a thicket of religious legislation and custom while pressured by the infiltration of a fast-paced, modern world.

The Arts Palette along with Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange and ThinkArt present the premiere of Hossein Fatemi's Under the Surface at an exclusive one-night exhibition accompanied by dinner and a panel discussion with Fatemi and special guests and a musical performance by Bad Mashadi to celebrate the Middle East's rich culture, its people and traditions.


Hossein Fatemi was born in Iran in 1980 and began his photographic career in 1997.

Fatemi was the first Iranian to embed with the United States military and in the course of his career has worked in Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Georgia, Russia, India, Somalia, Kenya, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

His award-winning work has been published in numerous national and international publications including The Times, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, National Geographic, Paris Match and the Washington Post.



  • Azadeh Gholizadah, Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist & architect
  • Nasrin Qader, assistant professor of literature, Northwestern University
  • Asad Jafri, president, Sukoon Creative
  • Narimon Safavi, co-founder & director of Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange, commentator of Worldview, WBEZ Chicago (moderator)



7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - VIP Cocktail & Viewing

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. - VIP Dinner & Panel Discussion with Hossein Fatemi

9 p.m. to 11p.m. - Live Music Performance By Bad Mashadi



Chicago Urban Art Society on 600 West Cermak Road, Unit 1B.


See also:

* The New York Times Sunday Review: Veiled Truths.

* The New York Times Lens: Youth In Iran: Inside And Out.


Comments welcome.


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