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Lalla Essaydi

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Birthplace
Morocco

Birth year
1956

Lives in
New York City

Works in
New York City

Representing galleries

Current Exhibitions and Events
Feb, 2015 Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
 
Statement

Lalla Essaydi is a Moroccian artist. Her art, which often combines Islamic calligraphy with representations of the female body, addresses the complex reality of Arab female identity from the unique perspective of personal experience. In much of her work, she returns to her Moroccan girlhood, looking back on it as an adult woman caught somewhere between past and present, and as an artist, exploring the language in which to “speak” from this uncertain space. Her paintings often appropriate Orientalist imagery from the Western painting tradition, thereby inviting viewers to reconsider the Orientalist mythology. She has worked in numerous media, including painting, video, film installation, and analog photography.

She is represented in a number of collections, including the Williams College Museum of Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Fries Museum, the Netherlands; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston; The Kodak Museum of Art; The Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; The Kresge Art Museum, Michigan; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; and The Colorado Museum of Art, Colorado.

 

Recent Exhibits

Lalla Essaydi participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2015 Photographs
San Diego Museum of Art
 
Jun, 2014 HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
Amelia Johnson Contemporary
 
May, 2014 ALTERED: Appropriation & Photography
Edwynn Houk Gallery
 
May, 2014 ALTERED: Appropriation & Photography
Galerie Edwynn Houk
 
Apr, 2014 The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
 
Mar, 2014 FotoFest 2014 Biennial - VIEW FROM INSIDE (Contemporary Arab Video, Photography and Mixed Media Art)
FotoFest Houston
 
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