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The Arab art world engulfs Houston: Behind the scenes for FotoFest's groundbreaking inside look

The Arab art world engulfs Houston: Behind the scenes with FotoFest

FotoFest, Houston's biennial celebration of photography and photo related art, is one of the city's best events for arts lovers. In this week's CultureMap Moment, Lily Jang of KHOU Ch. 11, FotoFest 2014 co-founder Fred Baldwin and CultureMap editor Joel Luks explore this year's theme: "Arab Art."

The event, which runs from through April 27, boasts the largest exhibition of Arab art ever assembled in the United States.

"This is an indicator that we recognize not only our own community — our own Arab community — but that we're bringing something from North Africa and the Arab countries in the Middle East — 13 of them — to Houston, and it's a celebration," Baldwin says.

Luks highlights the work of Jerusalem-born artist Steve Sabella, just one of many artists featured in the exhibition at Spring Street Studios, entitled View From Inside. Overall, more than 100 museums, art galleries, non-profit art centers and corporate spaces participating in this year's FotoFest Biennial, so there's little excuse to miss out on it.

For a quick preview, watch the full KHOU CultureMap Moment (click on the video above this story).

FotoFest 2014 Biennial Sabella In Exile
Steve Sabella (Palestine), In Exile, 2008; from the series Exile, 2008–2009. Courtesy of the artist and Berloni Gallery, London