Lalla Essaydi - Exhibitions - Edwynn Houk Gallery.
The artist's first solo gallery show in the UAE, Leila Heller Gallery's Lalla Essaydi: Still in Progress, features 15 works that span each of Essaydi's major projects from 2003 to 2013.
Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi’s photographs set out to provoke viewers into new ways of seeing by mimicking and subverting Orientalist tropes. Beautiful but reductive, fetishistic and steeped in colonialism and imperialism, Orientalist paintings invented a Middle East that never existed for an audience that wished to see its desires and prejudices reinforced.
Moroccan-born, New York-based photographer Lalla Essaydi (b. 1956) explores issues surrounding the role of women in Arab culture and their representation in the western European artistic tradition. Her large-scale photographs are based on nineteenth-century Orientalist paintings but work to subvert those stereotyped and sexualized representations.
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In her work, Lalla Essaydi explores the intersection of her childhood in Morocco, the life she built in Saudi Arabia, and her education in the United States. Essaydi creates photographs that highlight traditional Islamic customs. Converging Territories, Essaydi’s first major series, was influenced.
Essaydi creates photographs that highlight traditional Islamic customs. Les Femmes du Maroc is a series that expands upon Essaydi’s well-known Converging Territories series and explores themes of concealing and revealing. Influenced by European painting, she strips away the traditional colors and clothing and incorporates Arabic script.
Lalla Essaydi is a New York-based, Moroccan-born photographer, painter, and installation artist. Over the past decade, she has risen to international prominence with her timely and beautiful work that deals with the condition of women in Islamic society, cross-cultural identity, Orientalism, and the history of art.