Gallery Kasimi, an art exhibition space placed between the Palais and the new town ofFezpresents an exhibition of works by the internationally acclaimed Moroccan photographer Lalla Essaydi.
Essaydi’s photographs are quiet rather than clamorous, the brown lines of calligraphy slip across serene, often veiled female figures and backdrops, speaking of a quiet determination. Merging unyielding self-expression with notions of silence and domesticity, Essaydi’s work is a complex poetic critique of both Western and Arab notions of femininity.Her eloquent subversion of two mediums, calligraphy and henna, examines the perceived division between worldly (or male) and decorative and domestic realms. According to the artist, her intention is that “The two are not so much in opposition as interwoven. The ‘veil’ of decoration and concealment has notbeen rejected, but instead has been integrated with the expressive intention of calligraphy.” When they are not portraits of female figures, Essaydi’s photographs center on objects.
Essaydi’s feminist artist statements come from someone born in Morocco, lived in Saudi Arabiaand who now resides in New york. See our previous art-tickle for more on Lalla Essaydihttp://culturevulturesfez.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/lalla-essaydi/
Lalla Essaydi – June 6th – .