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San Diego Museum Of Art Exhibition Explores Issues Surrounding Role Of Women In Arab Culture

Bullets Revisited # 8, chromogenic print, 2012

Credit: Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco & Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Above: Bullets Revisited # 8, chromogenic print, 2012

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Moroccan-born photographer Lalla Essaydi is bringing her work to San Diego in a new exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art.

The exhibition features 10 large-scale contemporary photographs of women from three different series by the artist, based on 19th century Orientalist paintings. (Orientalist painting is a term used by art historians for 19th century art depicting the Middle East.)

Essaydi is known for drawing on her upbringing in Morocco and Saudi Arabia for inspiration. Her work often challenges Muslim and gender stereotypes.

In this exhibition the artist "explores issues surrounding the role of women in Arab culture and their representation in the western European artistic tradition."

The exhibition opens this weekend and runs through Aug. 1.

Essaydi will discuss the techniques behind the photographs on display during an artist talk Saturday at the Museum of Art.

Another exhibition titled, Divine Desire: Printmaking, Mythology and the Birth of the Baroque is also opening Saturday.

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