2016 Festival Guide Archive

Lalla Essaydi
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ACP Lecture Series Presents: Lalla Essaydi
High Museum of Art, Hill Auditorium
Featuring work by: Lalla Essaydi

Lecture Oct 27 07:00 PM - Oct 27

ACP Lecture Series Presents: Lalla Essaydi
Lalla Essaydi (b. 1956) was born in Marrakech, Morocco. After multiple relocations, she eventually moved to Boston in 1996. She earned her BFA from Tufts University and a subsequent MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2003.

The experience of traditional Islamic life was fundamental in shaping Essaydi and her work focuses on Arabic female identity. The artist hand-paints Arabic calligraphy in henna on the fabric, bodies, and walls that inhabit her images. The effect is both exquisite and suffocating. Seeing through the lens of tradition and in a 19th century orientalist style, her photographs obliquely address the complex reality of the Arab female. "In my art," Essaydi says, "I wish to present myself through multiple lenses -- as artist, as Moroccan, as Saudi, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite the viewer to resist stereotypes." Essaydi’s work has received worldwide critical acclaim, and is exhibited and collected globally.

Presented in partnership with Jackson Fine Art and the High Museum of Art, with sponsorship from Mailchimp.

This program is free, however seating is limited and must be reserved through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000. Tickets to the Museum are sold separately.

High Museum of Art, Hill Auditorium
1280 Peachtree St., NE Atlanta, GA 30309 - Google Maps
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