Lalla Essaydi is a Moroccan-born artist who explores the complexities of the Arab female identity. In Les Femmes du Maroc, she constructs elaborate scenes of confinement in which her subjects defy their isolation through islamic calligraphy inscribed on their skin, their clothes, and their sumptuous surroundings. Essaydi’s powerful images critically address customs in Muslim countries that restrict women to private spaces. More than that, we think they’re simply stunning.
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