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Cultural Connections Artist Lalla Essaydi Talk and Reception

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 6:30 PM - 9:30 AM

Internationally acclaimed photographer and 2014 Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence, Lalla Essaydi, will give a public talk from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Grafton-Stovall Theater. The talk will be followed by the opening reception for the exhibition "Women of the Arab World: The Works of Lalla Essaydi," which features eight large-scale photographic works. The reception is in the Sawhill Gallery at Warren Hall. The exhibition will run from March 24-April 4, including the weekend of March 29 and 30. 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.

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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