Lalla Essaydi

We found 1 article in which Lalla Essaydi said something. The most recent Lalla Essaydi’s quote is: “Western viewers are still seeing Arab women as being oppressed and marginalized.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Lalla Essaydi 3 times. On this page, you will find all of Lalla Essaydi’s quotes organized by date and topic.

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When my work started being known in the Middle East and the media started writing about my work, that validated it. It's accepted now in Morocco. I had many exhibitions, and my work is in the collections of the king himself. People think that it is prestigious, and it is, and I'm honored. But the most important thing for me is that the kind of work that I do is in the collection of the most powerful person in the country, who can actually do something to help women.

Western viewers are still seeing Arab women as being oppressed and marginalized.

When these Western artists come to a world that they don't know, and portray women as sexual victims and the Eastern man as depraved, the effect is to emasculate the Eastern man, and to challenge the notion of honor and family. We don't see ourselves in these paintings. I had a lot of trouble doing my work. They were almost saying that I was doing pornographic work because I was working with women. So I had to do it in such a way that they didn't find out.

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