This object is currently on display in room 302 as part of Contemporary Muslim Fashions. See our image rights statement.

 

Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

2008

  • Work on this object began.

2019

2020

Photograph, Les Femmes du Maroc: Harem Women Writing, from the series Les Femmes du Maroc

This is a Photograph. It was photographed by Lalla Essaydi.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as part of Contemporary Muslim Fashions.

Its medium is chromogenic print mounted to aluminum with luster laminate.

In her work, Lalla Essaydi, who grew up in Morocco and Saudi Arabia and has lived in France and the United States, confronts traditional representations of Arab and Muslim women in the Western art canon. By showing actively engaged women, she decolonizes the artistic genre that casts them as passive objects of the male gaze.

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