Lecture in Photography: Lalla Essaydi

Stage Two, 618 S Michigan Ave

Lecture in Photography: Lalla Essaydi

Lalla Essaydi is a Moroccan photographer and painter who now lives and works in the USA. Essaydi appropriates the distorted lens of Orientalism to document her own experience growing up as an Arab woman within Islamic culture. Known for appropriating the male art of calligraphy and applying it to women’s bodies in henna, a traditionally female art, Essaydi suggests the complexity of Arab female identity as she subtly critiques cultural patterns. In doing so, she hopes to invite viewers to combat stereotypes. Essaydi also works in other media, such as video, film, and installation.

Essaydi received her MFA and BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/TUFTS University, and also attended L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Essaydi’s work is represented in collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Louvre Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among several others. The most recent solo publication of her work, Lalla Essaydi: Crossing Boundaries, Bridging Cultures, was published in 2015 by ACR Edition.

Past Events

Teen Night: CPS Lives

Teen Night: CPS Lives

Teen Night: CPS Lives

MoCP

Chicago teens are invited to engage in creative interactive workshops and reflect on themes of the exhibitions. This event is organized in partnership with CPS ...

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Photos at Noon: Approaches to Documentary

Photos at Noon: Approaches to Documentary

Photos at Noon: Approaches to Documentary

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Get to know the museum's collection with a series of public print viewings. The MoCP's curator of academic programs and collections will lead a mini-course ...

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Tonika Johnson: Folded Map

Tonika Johnson: Folded Map

Tonika Johnson: Folded Map

MoCP

In conjunction with Columbia College Chicago’s Manifest Urban Arts Festival, the MoCP will host Columbia alum Tonika Johnson '03 for a one-day presentation of Folded ...

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Lecture in Photography: Rebecca Senf

Lecture in Photography: Rebecca Senf

Lecture in Photography: Rebecca Senf

Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan Ave

Rebecca Senf is the Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography and the Norton Family Curator of Photography, a joint appointment between the Center ...

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Chicago Stories: Unpacking Segregation in Chicago, Then and Now

Chicago Stories: Unpacking Segregation in Chicago, Then and Now

Chicago Stories: Unpacking Segregation in Chicago, Then and Now

Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Join the MoCP for a panel discussion exploring the segregated history of Chicago neighborhoods, in conjunction with the current exhibition Chicago Stories: Recent works by ...

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