Mo dreams of building the world’s fastest car, putting the top down and feeling the wind press back the features of his face as he enters warp speed. He dreams of freedom. When he grows up, he also wants to become a doctor, because doctors make lots of money and save lives.

As an 11-year-old, he is caught between different worlds and different dreams. He is the youngest in our large family, constantly looking for a role that’s more than the littlest one in the room. He lives in the same house as I did, in a way so uniquely his own, and I’m inspired by his way of seeing our home.

He’ll spend hours on the trampoline and then immediately challenge himself to a game of chess. He navigates the labels that society assigns him and follows his independent spirit to wherever curiosity may lead him.

Mo is constantly changing.

Artist Bios

  • Eslah Attar

    I’m a photographer and photo editor interested in identity and immigration. Born to Syrian parents, I grew up in suburban Ohio. My hometown of Canton seemingly straddles disparate cultures of the Midwest and the Middle East, but my family and the Arab community there is wholly American. My work focuses on these kinds of complex relationships.
    I’m currently a digital photo editor at National Geographic, living in Washington D.C. Prior to that, I worked at NPR and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and graduated from Kent State University in 2017.


  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

“Lawn Oyounak” : The Color of His Eyes

 archive : 2018

Featuring: Eslah Attar

Curated by: James Estrin David Gonzalez

Presented by: United Photo Industries (UPI)
  • United Photo Industries (UPI)


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