March 28 through August 4, 2015
Intricate, layered, complex: the photographs of Moroccan-born, New York-based artist Lalla Essaydi (b. 1956) explored issues surrounding the role of women in Arab culture and their representation in the western European artistic tradition. Based on nineteenth-century Orientalist paintings, her large-scale photographs work to subvert those stereotyped and sexualized representations. Aside from their timely and provocative subject matter, Essaydi’s photographs are technically impressive, carefully constructed, and strikingly beautiful. Including 10 works from three different series—Les Femmes du Maroc, Harem, and Bullets Revisited—the presentation at The San Diego Museum of Art placed these photographs in spaces throughout the museum, positioning them in the context of, and in conversation with, works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection.
Large Image caption: Lalla Essaydi, Bullets Revisited #8, 2012. Chromogenic Print. ©Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.