Lalla Essaydi, a New York-based Moroccan painter and mixed-media artist recently devoted herself to photography, exploring the image of women in Islamic society. The result, this very cool series entitled Harem in which her subjects are wrapped in robes and henna which echo the decorative Arabic tiles and patterns that wall the incredible interiors.
Essaydi explains "the physical harem is the dangerous frontier where sacred law and pleasure collide. This is not the harem of the Western Orientalist imagination, an anxiety-free place of euphoria and the absence of constraints, where the word “harem” has lost its dangerous edge. My harem is based on the historical reality; rather then the artistic images of the West – an idyllic, lustful dream of sexually available women, uninhibited by the moral constraints of 19th Century Europe.” (via dynamicafrica)
images courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery