Kholeif has sought to avoid merely fetishing the Middle East and, instead, looked for ways in which the works on show could escape the shackles of their geographical connotations and work within the broader context of the fair. As he points out, the very concept of a territorially defined presentation is already almost redundant—artists from across the Middle East are present in booths throughout the Armory and have no need for a dedicated platform. However, for us, viewers discovering these artists afresh, the Focus: MENAM program serves as an excellent one-stop overview of some of the best artists to have come out of the Middle East over the past 50 years. The globalized art industry which is behind the growth in the region’s art—events such as the UAE’s Art Dubai, for instance, having been founded and run by British directors to this day—is an accurate representation of a world still dealing with the after-effects of colonial histories. In this age of wildly unequal wealth and resources, migration and assimilation, and religious and cultural hegemonies, artistic expression from specific locales and heritages is manifest in forms evolved from the Western tradition and language of art.