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Inside the Harem (3 Photos)

Inside the Harem (3 Photos)

© Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

“Harem,” a new exhibition of work by photographer Lalla Essaydi, opens today at the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York City. Essaydi took the series of photos in a former harem in Morocco. She usually swathed the women she photographed in robes that echo the patterns in the harem’s traditional decorative tile.

© Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Born in Morocco, raised in Saudi Arabia, educated in Europe and the US and now living in New York, Essaydi has throughout her career examined ideas of women in Islamic culture throughout her career.

“In my art,” Essaydi says, “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 viewer to resist stereotypes.”

“Harem” is on view at Edwynn Houk Gallery through January 15, 2011.

© Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

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