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Cultural Connections Artist Lalla Essaydi Exhibition

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:00 AM - Fri, 4 Apr 2014 5:00 PM

The work of internationally acclaimed photographer and 2014 Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence, Lalla Essaydi, will be on display in an exhibition entitled "Women of the Arab World: The Works of Lalla Essaydi" from March 24-April 4 (including the weekend of March 29 and 30) at the Sawhill Gallery in Warren Hall. The Sawhill Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lalla Essaydi is a leading contemporary artist whose work fuses installation, calligraphy in henna, painting, the fiber arts, and the final documentary act of photography. She offers audiences a unique and challenging lens through which to consider Arab culture and Islamic traditions, past and present. Born in 1956 in Marakkech, Morocco, (North Africa), Essaydi lived for several years in the Middle East (in Saudi Arabia) and then traveled to Paris, France, to first formally study painting. In America, she earned an M.F.A. in painting and photography, which was awarded in 2003 by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Essaydi 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. The Virginia Fine Arts Museum (VMFA) in Richmond, the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum, among many leading museums, own major examples of Essaydi's work. The "La Grande Odalisque," a 2012 purchase by the VMFA, will be featured in the Sawhill exhibition in a second print.

"In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses--as artist, as Moroccan, as Saudi, as traditionalist, as liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite the viewer to resist stereotypes." - Lalla Essaydi

For more information about Lalla Essaydi and her work, as well as an entire list of events during her residency at JMU, visit

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