James Madison University Museum, Harrisonburg, VA March – April 2014

All of the works include Essaydi's hand-rendered henna calligraphy, written with a syringe, that she uses to cover her subject's bodies and clothing like a veil, but whereas her earlier projects placed her subjects in a neutral setting, the latter use complex mises-en-scène, complete with traditional geometry, tiling and interiors, that often require years of planning to execute.

Harem, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland January 6, 2011

But I do not intend my work to be simply a mere critique of either Arab or Western culture.

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The New York-based Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi admits that when it comes to the discussion and reception of her work, she has had to develop something of a thick skin.

Les Femmes du Maroc, Tindouf Gallery, Morocco April 11 - June 1, 2009

“The physical harem is the dangerous frontier where sacred law and pleasure collide. This is not the harem of the Western Orientalist imagination, an anxiety-free place of euphoria and the absence of constraints, where the word “harem” has lost its dangerous edge. My harem is based on the historical reality; rather then the artistic images of the West – an idyllic, lustful dream of sexually available women, uninhibited by the moral constraints of 19th Century Europe.” Lalla Essaydi, 2010

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Sargazers: Elizabeth Catlett In Conversation With 21 Contemporary Artists. Bronx Museum, NY
January 27 -May 29, 2011

Résonance : artistes contemporains marocains du monde Musée privé de Marrakech
October 7- November 7, 2010

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“The photographic part of my work documents the experience I have with the women I work with,” Essaydi explains. “I have absolutely no audience in my mind when I am working, I do it for me and the women I work with.”

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FotoFest 2014 Biennial, Houston,
March – April 2014

i.d.e.a. Arizona Museum of Youth: A Way with Words, Arizona Museum of Youth,
October 4th – January 19, 2014

She who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, Museum of Fine Art Boston
August 27 – January 12, 2014

IN FOCUS: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.
November 9 – December 30, 2012

In Her Eyes: Women Behind and in Front of the Camera, Newwark Museum
September 1st, 2012

A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, USC Fisher Museum of Art
September 5 – December 1, 2012

Fitchburg State University Museum, Fitchburg February 3rd – April 15th 2016

The Private collection of HRH. Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg

Lalla Esssaydi is a Moroccan born artist who often cites her life experiences as having a major influence on her work. Growing up, her home was a space clearly defined for women. She pulls from this imagery to discuss the culture that she lives in, and to contrast it with Orientalist paintings that often fantasize and fetishize the idea of a harem. Essaydi’s photographs capture both the urban and rural feel of space that the artist’s female subjects interact with, and against.

Lalla Essaydi: New Work, San Diego Musuem of Art, San Diego, California April – August 2016

The Williams College Museum of Art

The stereotypes that Essaydi responds to were first developed by Europeans, especially the French, who had begun their conquest of North Africa c. 1800 and thereafter established French colonies along Africa’s northern shores. European male fantasies about exotic and alluring native women in the colonies appear widely in European literature, painting, and photography. These subjects are today referred to as “Orientalist,” or belonging to distant, conquered lands that were imagined by European consumers of culture.

Re-Orientations IDEA at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado March 25 – May 7, 2015

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Internationally acclaimed artist Lalla Essaydi was born in 1956 in Marakkech, Morocco, in North Africa. Essaydi lived for several years in the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia, and then she traveled to Paris, France, to first formally study painting. In America she earned her Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Photography, awarded in 2003, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The artist now travels between studios in New York and Boston, and historic sites in Morocco to carry out her work. The experiences of Arab women are the focus of her creative practice.