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Lalla Essaydi

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Les femmes du Maroc : Harem Beauty #2, 2008 Chromogenic Print Mounted to Aluminium © Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
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Harem Women Writing , 2008 Chromogenic Print Mounted on Aluminium 102 X 76 Cm / 40.2 X 29.9 in © Courtesy of the artist & Waterhouse & Dodd
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The Favorite , 2008 C-print 20x24; 30x40 & 48x60 Inches (each Panel) © Courtesy of the artist & Schneider Gallery
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Harem Beauty #2 , 2008 Chromogenic Print Mounted on Aluminium 102 X 76 Cm / 40.2 X 29.9 in © Courtesy of the artist & Waterhouse & Dodd
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Les Femmes Du Maroc: Idle Afternoon #1 , 2008 Chromogenic Print Mounted to Aluminum © Courtesy of the artist & Edwynn Houk Gallery
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Harem #14, 2009 © Courtesy of the artist & Edwynn Houk Gallery
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Les Femmes du Maroc: La Sultane, 2008 Chromogenic Print Mounted to Aluminum and Protected With Mactac Luster Laminate 20" X 24" Inches
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© Courtesy of the artist & Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
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Converging Territories #21 © Courtesy of the artist & Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
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Les Femmes du Maroc no. 21B, 2006 Chromogenic Print on Aluminum 152 X 121 Cm, Ed. of 15 © Courtesy of the artist & Amelia Johnson Contemporary
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Converging Territories: Apparel #2, Ed. 1 of 15 , 2003 Chromogenic Print on Aluminum 76.2 X 101.6 Cm © Amelia Johnson Contemporary
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Les Femmes du Maroc: Moorish Woman, Ed. 3 of 10, 2008 Chromogenic Print on Aluminum 152.4 X 121.9 Cm © Amelia Johnson Contemporary
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Bullets Revisited #2, 2012 Triptych © Courtesy of the artist & Edwynn Houk Gallery
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Bullets Revisited #3, 2012 Three Chromogenic Prints to Aluminum and Protected With Mactac Luster Laminate 20" X 24" Panel © Courtesy of the Artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery
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Les Femmes du Maroc: Fumée d’Ambre Gris, 2008 © Courtesy of the artist & The Edwynn Houk Gallery
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Bullets Revisited #22, 2013 Chromogenic Print © Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Morocco
Birth year
1956
Lives in
New York City
Works in
New York City
Representing galleries
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.

 

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