Lalla Essaydi Speaking at 2017 Islamic Art Symposium

Lalla Essaydi will be one of many speakers at the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art,  Nov. 2-4 in Richmond, Virginia.

Lalla Essaydi’s work, which often combines Islamic calligraphy with representations of the female form, 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, exploring the language in which to “speak” from this uncertain space.

Her work often appropriates Orientalist imagery from the Western painting tradition, thereby inviting viewers to reconsider the Orientalist mythology. She has worked 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.”

See the entire list of speakers on the Islamic Art Symposium website.

Attending the symposium? Don’t forget to use the tag #IslamicArt2017 on social.

The symposium is a collaboration between VCUarts, VCUarts Qatar and the Qatar Foundation.

Photo: Lalla Essaydi, Harem #2, 2010. Chromogenic Print. Courtesy of the artist and Edwynn Houk Gallery, NY.


October 20, 2017