Photographer: Lalla Essaydi

I've been working on a project that involves Moroccan art and influences. These pieces really inspire me.
Moroccan born photographer, Lalla Essaydi incorporates layers of Islamic calligraphy applied by hand with henna, in tandem with poses directly inspired by 19th Century Orientalist painting. By appropriating this imagery, the works reflect the “complex female identities” found in Morocco and throughout the Muslim world. Essaydi’s photographs provide the opportunity for the artist and her subjects to engage in the emerging “culture of Islamic feminism." Sounds deep!
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