Diverse strokes of art and history painted on the canvas of life.
Reblogged from aadatart
By Deborah Frempong
Moroccan artist Laila Essaydi’s work is a merging of many opposites, exploring the tensions that exist within the East and the West, while testing boundaries between the private and public. Drawing inspiration from her childhood and the Moroccan/Arab culture that she grew up in, Essaydi attempts to personalize her art, focusing on broader issues that have formed her identity as a Muslim Moroccan woman.
Essaydi’s work is one of that plays on the idea of melding different worlds and contexts, engaging with the results and outcomes of various cultural patterns, in order to escape stereotypes and highlight the kaleidoscope of individuality within cultures are usually one-dimensionalized. Her representation of bodies makes it impossible to simply critique one system without understanding the other, but most importantly gives the subject an agency that is both admirable and powerful.