Arab Female Identity in Lalla Essaydi’s Exhibition, Image and Text

The New Arab

Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi appropriates traditionally male Islamic art practices and motifs with European Orientalist paintings to illuminate an otherwise stagnant image of the exotified Arab-Islamic female figure.


In a new exhibition at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, Florida, titled Lalla Essaydi: Image and Text, architecture, calligraphy, and painting collide on her carefully composed photographs recently donated to the museum, featuring works from the artist’s Converging Territories, Les Femmes du Maroc, Harem, and Bullets series.



20 May 2022