Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b. 1956)
Les Femmes du Maroc: Harem no. 11
signed 'Lalla Essaydi' (on a label affixed to the reverse)
chromogenic print mounted on aluminium, in three parts
each: 4018 x 3258in. (102 x 83cm.)
overall: 4018 x 9838in. (102 x 249cm.)
Conceived in 2009 and executed in 2010, this work is number one from an edition of fifteen.
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.
Anon. sale, Christie’s Dubai, 18 April 2012, lot 117.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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My work reaches beyond Islamic culture to invoke the Western fascination, as expressed in painting, with the odalisque, the veil, and, of course, the harem. Here is another way in which my work cannot be read simply as a critique of Arab culture. Images of the harem and the odalisque still penetrate the present and I use the Arab female body to disrupt that tradition.-Lalla Essaydi

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