Boundaries, Lalla Essaydi

Boundaries, Lalla Essaydi

les femmes du maroc: moorish woman by lalla essaydi

Lalla Essaydi

Les Femmes du Maroc: Moorish Woman, 2008

harem #14c by lalla essaydi

Lalla Essaydi

Harem #14C, 2009

jeudi 7 mars 2013samedi 6 avril 2013

Hong Kong, China

Amelia Johnson Contemporary is proud to present Boundaries, Lalla Essaydi’s first solo exhibition in Asia.

Essaydi’s international career as an artist has encompassed painting, mixed media, photography and video. Boundaries features a carefully curated collection of Essaydi’s works which pose a contemporary reflection on an iconography that stretches at least as far back as the Orientalist imagery of nineteenth century artists such as Ingres, Delacroix and Gérôme. Moroccan women are swathed in sumptuous fabrics covered in Islamic calligraphy – writing, applied in henna, which adorns their skin, robes and the interiors they occupy. The studied confusion of body and environment address the complex issue of female identity from a unique, personal and regional perspective.


Lalla Essaydi lives and works between New York City and Morocco. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/TUFTS University in May 2003. Powerhouse Books published selections from her series, Les Femmes du Maroc, in 2009. Recent exhibitions of her work have been staged at Williams College Museum, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. Her work is represented in major private and public collections, including the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and many others.

Opening Reception with the artist: Thursday, 7 March 2012
A series of talks will be scheduled and the artist will be available for interview from 5 – 8 March, 2013.