LALLA ESSAYDI, MFA 04
Harem Revisited #51
60 h x 48 w x 2 l
DESCRIPTION: chromogenic print mounted to aluminum with UV lamination
ARTIST STATEMENT: Lalla Essaydi currently lives between New York, Boston, and Marrakesh. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work is represented in numerous institution public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, The Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The British National Museum, London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA ; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; and the Louvre Museum, Paris, amongst many others. 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. She works in numerous media, including painting, video, film, installation, and analog photography. "In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses -- as artist, as Moroccan, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes."
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