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Lalla Essaydi, Morroco

Lalla Essaydi, Morroco

Lalla Essaydi, who was raised in Morocco and has lived in Saudi Arabia, illuminates large photographs of women, sitting in Moorish settings or draped in flowing cloth, with endless hennaed writing in Arabic. Her mixed media pieces often incorporate questions of gender roles. Essaydi has exhibited her work (including Silence of Thought # 2, pictured) the world over and is currently on display at the Smithsonian's African Art Museum in Washington until February.  

Credit: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

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