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LALLA ESSAYDI

Lalla A. Essaydi grew up in Morocco and now lives in USA where she received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/TUFTS University in May 2003. Essaydi’s work is represented by Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston and Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in many major international locales, including Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Texas, Buffalo, Colorado, New York, Syria, Ireland, England, France, the Netherlands, Sharjah, U.A.E., and Japan and is represented in a number of collections, including the Williams College Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Fries Museum, the Netherlands, and The Kodak Museum of Art. Her art, which often combines Islamic calligraphy with representations of the female body, 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, and as an artist, exploring the language in which to  “speak” from this uncertain space.  Her paintings often appropriate 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."

 

Solo exhibitions:

d’enthnographie de Genève, Geneva Switzerland
November 2015 - March 2016

Lalla Essaydi: New Work, San Diego Musuem of Art, San Diego, California
April – August 2016

Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism, Benjamin-Constant Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
January 31 – May 31, 2015

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 30, 2015 – September 28, 2015
Lalla Essaydi: Photographs 2005-13 The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California
March 28 – August 4, 2015

Re-Orientations IDEA at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
March 25 – May 7, 2015

Lalla Essaydi: New Work, Ohio University Museum
January, February, & March 2015

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, Iris & B. Gerald Canto Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University, Sanford, California
January 2015 – May 2015

Lalla Essaydi: Writing the Self, Writing Others, Bahrain National Museum
November 11 - December 17, 2014

Shared Realtiy, Tampere Art Museum + Backlight 2014 Photo Festival: Finland
September 6, 2014 – January 4, 2015

James Madison University Museum, Harrisonburg, VA
March – April 2014

Lalla Essaydi: New Beauty, Karen Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
February 6 - March 29, 2014

Lalla Essaydi: POÉSIE LUMIÈRE Galerie Tindouf, Marrakech, Morocco
December 28, 2013 – February 15, 2014

Lalla Essaydi: Beyond Time and Beauty, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan 
November 14, 2013 – January 14, 2014

Lalla Essaydi: Beyond Beauty, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, London
October 24 – December 21, 2013

Lalla Essaydi, Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
September 6 – October 22, 2013

Lalla Essaydi: Writing Femininity, Writing Pleasure, Oakland University Art Gallery Rochester, MI
September 7 - October 13, 2013

Lalla Essaydi: BOUNDARIES, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong, China
March 7 – April 6, 2013

Universe,  Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
April 1 - June 1, 2012

Lalla Essaydi:  Revisions, a Retrospective, Smithsonian African Museum of Art, Washington D.C.  
April 4 - November 2012

Les Femmes du Magreb, Orientalist Museum, Doha, Qatar
March - June 2013

Harem, Jackson Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA 
November 3 - December 30, 2011

Les Femmes du Maroc, Karen Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
October 6 - December 3, 2011

Lalla Essaydi: Power of Writing, National Gallery, Tanger, Morocco 
July 1 - August 30, 2011

Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc, National Gallery, Fes, Morocco 
June 5 - July 25, 2011

Lalla Essaydi: Power of Writing, Bab Rouah National Gallery, Rabat, Morocco 
April 1 - May 30, 2011

Harem, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
January 6, 2011

Harem, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY
November 04 - December 31, 2010

Les Femmes du Maroc, Bates Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
October 8 - December 15, 2010

Les Femmes du Maroc, Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
March – July 2010

Lalla Essaydi: Les  Femmes du Maroc, Zimmerli Musem at Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ
January – May 2010

Aftermath, The 25th Alexandria Biennial for Mediterranean Countries Representing Morocco
December 17, 2009

Lalla Essaydi: Femmes du Maroc, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA 
September 26 - January 3, 2010

Les Femmes du Maroc, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
May 1 - June 30, 2009

Les Femmes du Maroc, Tindouf Gallery, Morocco
April 11 - June 1, 2009

Les Femmes du Maroc, Sultan Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait
January 20 - March 5, 2009

Embodiment, an exhibition of installations, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
November 7 - January 3, 2009

Lalla Essaydi: Crossroads, Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery, London, United Kingdom
October 14 - November 8, 2008

Indelible: The Photographs of Lalla Essaydi, First Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN 
October 10, 2008 - January 25, 2009

Les Femmes du Maroc, Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
March 20 - April 15, 2008
Les Femmes du Maroc, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX 
March 7 - April 5, 2008

Les Femmes du Maroc, Edwynn Houk Gallery New York, NY 
September 28 - November 21, 2007

Les Femmes du Maroc, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 
May 3 - June 30, 2007

Les Femmes du Maroc, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
September 8 - October 21, 2006

Converging Territories, The New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT
August 2 - October 4, 2006

Converging Territories, Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, CO
August 2 - September 16, 2006

Transgressions, Williams College Museum, Williamstown, MA
January 13 - April 2006

Converging Territories, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX 
March 10 - April 15, 2006

Converging Territories, Jackson Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA
January 6 - February 5, 2006

Converging Territories, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 
December 1 - December 31, 2005

Converging Territories, Columbus Museum of Art, OH 
July 17 - December 04, 2005

Embodiments, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA
June 11 - July 23, 2005

Converging Territories, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA 
March 18 - April 19, 2005

Converging Territories, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
January 4 - March 20, 2005

Threshold, Mario Diacono, Ars Libri, Boston, MA
September 10 - October 6, 2004

Photographs: Behind Closed Doors, The Lives of Women in Morocco, Schneider Gallery, Chicago March 5 - April 24, 2004

Converging Territories, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
September 4 - September 30, 2003

Photography, One Person Show, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL 
December 2 - October, 2001

 

Group exhibitions:

Re-Orientations, Colorado College
March 25 – May 7th 2015
Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: Benjamin-Constant in his time Montreal, Canada, January 26th - May 31st 2015
National Museum of Art, Rabat, Morocco, 
June 10th – September 30th 
The World Bank Art Program, Washington DC
8 May – 30 August 2014

Decisive Moments: Photographs from the Cherye R. and James F. Pierce Collection Honolulu Museum of Art, 
May 2014
Centre Culturel Le Botanique, Belgium
February – March 2014

FotoFest 2014 Biennial, Houston, 
March – April 2014
i.d.e.a. Arizona Museum of Youth: A Way with Words, Arizona Museum of Youth, 
October 4th – January 19, 2014
She who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, Museum of Fine Art Boston
August 27 – January 12, 2014
IN FOCUS: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.
November 9 – December 30, 2012
In Her Eyes: Women Behind and in Front of the Camera, Newwark Museum
September 1st, 2012
A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, USC Fisher Museum of Art 
September 5 – December 1, 2012

Sargazers: Elizabeth Catlett In Conversation With 21 Contemporary Artists. Bronx Museum, NY 
January 27 -May 29, 2011
Résonance : artistes contemporains marocains du monde Musée privé de Marrakech
October 7- November 7, 2010

“ Art of Today” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
June 10-30, 2010
Mapping Identity, Haverford College, Haverford, PA 
March 19 April 30, 2010
"Out of the Box": Photography Portfolios from the Permanent Collection, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA October 24, 2009 - October 2010
Camoufage, La Casa Enciendida, Madrid, Spain 
September 17 – November 1, 2009
Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities Spelman College Museum of Fine
Art, Atlanta, GA
September 10 - December 5, 2009
Ingres et les Modernes, Musée Ingres, Montauban, France
July 3-October 4, 2009
A Complex Weave:Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, The Stedman Gallery, Rutgers, NJ,
September 8-December 18 2009
Patern ID, Akron Museum of Art, Akron, OH
January 23-May 9, 2010
Transitions. Painting at the (other) End of Art. The Moramotti collection of contemporary art, Emilia, Italy
(May 24 to October 31, 2009)
Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA 
(January 31 - June 3, 2009)
Decoding Identity: I Do It for My People, Museum of The African Diaspora
(January 23, 2009 – March 8, 2009)
Timbuktu to Cape Town, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
(December 3 – March 22, 2009)
Photographic Figures, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA 
November 19 2008 – May 10, 2009
Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body The Hood Museum of Art 
March 28 through August 3, 2008
Far from Home, North Carolina Museum of Art
February 17-July 13, 2008
Girls on the Verge: Portraits of Adolescence, Chicago Art Institute,
Chicago, Illinois
December 8, 2007 Through February 24, 2008
Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children DeCordova Museum and Sculpture
Park, Lincoln, MA
February 2 – April 27, 2008
Contemporary, Cool and Collected, Mint Museum of Art,
Charlotte, NC 
October 20 – December 30, 2007
Byond Likeness, North Dakota Museum of Art, 
March 27 – May 13, 2007
“ON THE WALL: Aperture Magazine ‘05/06, Aperture Foundation New York, NY
January 11—March 8, 2007
“NAZAR” The National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
March 27 – April 22, 2007
“Don’t Know Much About History” Art Space, New Haven, CT
November 18 – January 20, 2007
“ Art That Matters: When Politics Get Personal” Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
November 4 – December 10, 2006
“The Silk Road and Beyond: Travel, Trade, and Transformation” Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL 
September 30, 2006–June 30, 2007
Intersections: Shifting Identity in Contemporary Art John Michael Koehler Arts Center, Sheboygan

October 15 - December 30 2006
Images of the Middle East, “Identity in the Process of Change” Danish Center for Culture and Development, Copenhagen, Denmark
Summer /Fall, 2006
“NAZAR” in Berlin , IFA Gallery
January 2006 to March 2006
“NAZAR”, The IFA Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
November 2005 - January 2006
Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, Museum of Photographic arts, San Diego, CA
October 1 -December 31, 2005
The Painted Word, Lafayette College, Williams Center for the Arts Museum, Easton, PA,
October 28 – December 18, 2005
“NAZAR” Aperture Foundation, Chelsea, New York, NY
September 8, 2005
“NAZAR” Langhans Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
May 25-July 31, 2005
“Surface” Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
May 5- June 30, 2005
“The 2005 DeCordova Museum Annual Exhibitions
April 30 – July 31, 2005
“NAZAR” show at Houston Fotofestival
March 15 - 15 June, 2005
“Rewind/Re-Cast/Review, Photography show, The Ramapo College Art Galleries, NJ
February 15 - March 18, 2005
“In the Company of Women” Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
October 30 - April 17, 2005
“About Face: Photographic Portraits from the Collection” Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
October 9, 2004–January 16, 2005
8th International Photography Gathering, Le Pont Gallery, Aleppo, Syria,
September 24-October 9, 2004
“NAZAR” –Photographs from the Arab World” Noorderlicht
April 8- June 11, 2005

Photographic Festival, Fries Museum: Through Arab Eyes. Leewarden, Netherlands.
5 September-January, 2005
“Some of Their Parts” Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA (July 15-September 4, 2004)