Sultan Al-Qassemi in his home in Dubai, UAE, back in 2014 (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi launched into the screens of the internet savvy almost a decade ago as a lively and unconventional Twitter commentator on the Arab Spring, but is now known as one of the most passionate champions of Middle Eastern art.

Founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Al Qassemi joins us to talk about the state of Middle Eastern art and discusses some of his favorite artists from a region that still isn’t well represented in the world’s modern art museums. One thing you can definitely say is that any conversation with Al Qassemi is sure to be lively.

A special thanks to Twig Twig for the music to this week’s episode. You can listen to that and more at and other streaming services.

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Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.