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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 90

    Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b. 1956)

    Les Femmes du Maroc #27

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    Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b. 1956)
    Les Femmes du Maroc #27
    signed, dated and titled (on a label attached to the reverse of the right hand panel)
    chromogenic print mounted on aluminium, triptych
    each 40 1/8 x 32 5/8in. (102 x 83cm.); overall 40 1/8 x 97 7/8in. (102 x 249cm.)
    Executed in 2007, this work is from an edition of fifteen


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    Essaydi explores the complexities of Arab female identity, covering her subjects, their clothing and surroundings with auto-biographical, yet incomplete text. Essaydi states: 'I am going beyond simple critique to a more active, even subversive, engagement with cultural patterns to convey my own experience as an Arab woman caught somewhere between past and present, as well as between "East" and "West."'

    The painter, videographer and photographer Lalla Essaydi has emerged as one of the most significant contemporary Arab women artists. Raised in Morocco, she married into the Saudi royal family and obtained her MFA from Boston's Tufts University. Now divorced, she divides her time between New York City and Morocco.

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