Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi’s photography exploring the image of women in Islamic society will be on display in The Trout Gallery at Dickinson College, Weiss Center for the Arts, 240 W. High St., from Feb. 9 through May 12. Essaydi will discuss her art during a reception at the gallery on Thursday, March 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
This exhibition features a recent series of pictures Essaydi made in a former harem in Morocco, often swathing her subjects in robes and covering their skin in henna calligraphy that echoes the decorative surfaces that wall the complex. Essaydi was raised in Morocco, spent many years in Saudi Arabia, and was educated in Europe and the United States. “In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses—as artist, as Moroccan, as Saudi, as traditionalist, as liberal, as Muslim,” said Essaydi. “In short, I invite the viewer to resist stereotypes.”
Essaydi’s work appears courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, and is featured in a coordinated exhibition hosted by the Art Galleries of Lafayette College.
The Trout Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 717-254-8159.