She currently lives between New York and Morocco. In her Harem series from , Essaydi photographed women inside a lavish Moroccan palace known as Dar el Basha. She created original Moroccan-style garments for her female models that recreated the intricate mosaic and carved wood patterns that decorated this historically important structure. Lalla Essaydi embraced fashion again in her Harem Revisited series , using antique Moroccan dresses borrowed from the collection of Nour and Boubker Temli. With her series Bullets and Bullets Revisited , Essaydi crafted a richly detailed scene of highly ornate tiles, woodwork, and clothing out of bullet casings.
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Lalla Essaydi | Artist Profile | NMWA
They actually asked me if I wanted the award! I was almost in tears. I forged the most wonderful friendships there. I changed. I came to the States from Morocco, and I became a different person. When I go back to my culture, I now have to find new ways of getting back into it. I lived in Boston for more than eight years.
National Museum of African Art Presents “Lalla Essaydi: Revisions”
She currently lives between New York and Morocco. Image: Lalla Essaydi Moroccan, b. Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks features paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and natural history specimens from the early 19th century through the present day.
Moroccan-born, New York-based photographer Lalla Essaydi b. Her large-scale photographs are based on nineteenth-century Orientalist paintings but work to subvert those stereotyped and sexualized representations. Behind each of her images is weeks of preparation, as the text is composed, the fabrics are dyed to match the setting in which they will appear, and the architectural backdrops are carefully constructed. The entire field of the almost life-size photographs appears in sharp focus, the result of her use of a large-format camera and traditional film.