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Born: Lalla Assia Essaydi 
Other: Lalla A. Essaydi 
Other: Lalla A. Essaydi 
Born:  Morocco
Active:  US
 
  
Blends Arab calligraphy with portraiture to explore female identity within Islamic culture.

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Lalla A. Essaydi grew up in Morocco, and lived in Saudi Arabia for many years. She now lives in Boston, where she received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/TUFTS University in May 2003. Lalla Essaydi’s 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 as well as between East and West, and as an artist, exploring the language in which to “speak” from this uncertain space. In her artworks, Ms. Essaydi often appropriates 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 Saudi, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim, In short, I invite the viewers to resist stereotypes.”
 
Ms. Essaydi’s work has been exhibited in many major U.S. and European cities, including Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Texas, Buffalo, Colorado, New York, Syria, the Netherlands, Germany, and England, 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, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Kodak Museum of Art, The Columbus Museum Of Art, Ohio, The Kresge Art Museum, Michigan, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, The Colorado Museum of Art, Colorado, and The Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis.
 
(Contributed by the Edwynn Houk Gallery, January 2008)
 
Education
 
2003 School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University, Boston, MA, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting and Photography
1999 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Diploma in Photography and Installation
1999 Tufts University, Medford, MA, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), focus–Women and Art
1994 L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France, Certificate in Drawing; “The Model”
1994 L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, Franc, Certificate in Painting; “The Portrait”
1990-1994 L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France, Curriculum in Painting and in Continuing Education
 
Solo exhibitions
 
2007 Les Femmes du Maroc, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Les Femmes du Maroc. Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Converging Territories, The New Britain Museum of Art
2006 Converging Territories, Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, CO
2006 Transgressions, Williams College Museum, Williamstown, MA
2006 Converging Territories, Jackson Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA
2006 Converging Territories, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2005 Converging Territories, Columbus Museum of Art, OH
2005 Embodiments, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2005 Converging Territories, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
2005 Converging Territories, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Threshold, Mario Diacono, Ars Libri, Boston, MA
2004 "Photographs: Behind Closed Doors – The Lives of Women in Morocco”, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 Converging Territories, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
2001 Photography, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
 
Group exhibitions
 
2007 “The Silk Road and Beyond: Travel, Trade, and Transformation”, Chicago Art Institute, IL
2006 “Intersections: Shifting Identity in Contemporary Art,” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan
2006 "Images of the Middle East, Identity in the Process of Change", Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD), Denmark
2006 “NAZAR”, IFA Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2006 “NAZAR”, The IFA Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2005 "Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self", Museum of Photographic ARTS, San Diego, CA
2005 "The Painted Word", Lafayette College, Williams Center for the Arts Museum, PA
2005 “NAZAR”, Aperture Foundation, Chelsea, New York
2005 “NAZAR”, Langhans Gallery, Prague
2005 “Surface” Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
2005 “The 2005 DeCordova Museum Annual Exhibitions", DeCordova Museum
2005 “NAZAR”, Houston Fotofest, Houston, TX
2005 “Rewind/Re-Cast/Review, Photography show", The Ramapo College Art Galleries, NJ
2005 “Nazar –Photographs from the Arab Wold”, Noorderlicht 2005 Photographic Festival, the Netherlands
2004-2005 “In the Company of Women” Williams College Museum of Art
2004-2005 “About Face: Photographic Portraits from the Collection” Chicago Art Institute, IL
2004-2005 "Through Arab eyes", Leewarden, Fries Museum, the Netherlands
2004 "8th International Photography Gathering", Le Pont Gallery, Aleppo, Syria
2004 “Some of Their Parts” Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
2004 “The Melting: An Evolution of American Culture”, Rockefeller Art Center Department of Visual Arts and New Media, Fredonia
2003 “Sustaining Vision: 8th Annual Photography Competition Exhibition", Photography Center Northwest, Seattle (Juror: Ann Wilkes Tucker)
2003 “Young Photography: Multiple Expressions, Nation’s Top Graduate Photography", Visual Studies Workshop Galleries I Projects, Rochester, NY
2003 “Young Photography: Multiple Expressions” 2002 National Graduate Seminar. Fellows show, UB Anderson Gallery, University of Buffalo, NY
2003 “Images As Projections” Work by The National Graduate Seminar Fellows, Warren Robbins Gallery, Ann Arbor
2003 “Sheherazade: Risking the Passage” Annual Juried Group Show, The El Colegio Gallery, Minneapolis College of Art
2003 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Koppelman Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center Tuft University, Medford
2003 Group Photography Show, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2003 “Young Photography: Multiple Expressions” 2002 National Graduate Fellows Show, Grossman Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
2002-2003 “A Polish Princess In America” Show of Private Art Collection Of Princess Sophia Solar Michalski. McQuade Library Art Gallery, Merrimack Gollege, North Endover
2001-2002 “The Projected Image: Visual to Political” 2002 National Graduate Seminar Fellows, “The Gallery”, At the J. Wayne Reitz Union University of Florida, FL
2002 “Silence and Invisibility” Two Persons Photography Exhibition, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
2002 “Regarding Beauty”, Annual Juried Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, West Gallery, Texas Women’s University
2002 “2002 National Graduate Seminar Fellows Exhibition”, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
2002 “Exposure”, Rockford Art Gallery, Rockford, IL (Two person Photography exhibition with Luis Gonzales Palma)
2002 “Almost Home” Group photography show, Fuller Museum of Art
2001-2002 Group Photography Show, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2002 “Input Output” Three Women Painting artists show, Lillian Immig Gallery, Emmanuel College, Boston
2001 "Annual Juried Painting Exhibition show", School of the Museum of Fine Arts
2000 “Two Women” Group Photography Show with Magda Compos-Pond, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis
2000 "Invitational show – Karsh Photography Exhibition", MFA (Spring 2002) ARTS
2000 Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2000 Group Juried Photography Show, WGBH, Boston
2000 “The Boit” Exhibition, Grossman Gallery, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2000 WBZTV Gallery—WBZTV show, Boston
 
Public Collections
 
The Neuberger Museum of Art, New York
The Sweet Briar College Pannell Art Gallery, VA
The Williams College Museum of Art, MA
The Chicago Art Institute, IL
The Kodak Museum
The Fries Museum, The Netherlands
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
The Columbus Museum Of Art, OH
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA
The Colorado Museum of Art, CO
The Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, VA
The Ackland Art Museum , Chapel Hill, NC
The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT  
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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