The characteristic of her photographs is decoration made of Islamic calligraphy-writing applied in henna that adorns the interior space and skin and robes of her subjects.
It seems like these women are shrouded into these inscriptions.
Lalla Essaydi grew up in Morocco and lived for many years in Saudi Arabia. Her work often appropriates Orientalist imagery from the Western painting tradition, thereby inviting viewers to reconsider Orientalist mythology. Essaydi’s work is represented by Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston, by Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York City, by the October Gallery in London, and the Tindouf Gallery in Marrakech, Morocco.
She attended classes at L’École nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, and them moved to Massachusetts, where she received her B. Her work has been exhibited in many major cities in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and North Africa.
She combines these influences in her photography, which features Moroccan women laced with the stereotypes and loaded imagery of Orientalist paintings by the likes of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Eugène …
She combines these influences in her photography, which features Moroccan women laced with the stereotypes and loaded imagery of Orientalist paintings by the likes of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Eugène …Lalla Essaydi was born in Morocco and spent part of her childhood in Saudi Arabia, before studying art in Paris and Boston.
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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 art, which often combines Islamic calligraphy with representations of the female form, addresses the complex reality of Arab female identity from the unique perspective of personal experience.