Lalla Essaydi

Geboren in Marokko. Woont en werkt in Saudie ArabiŽ.

The traditions of Islam exist within spatial boundaries. The presence of men defines public space, the streets, the meeting places. Women are
confined to private spaces, the architecture of the homes. In these photographs, I am constraining women within space, confining them to
their "proper" place, a place bounded by walls and controlled by men.
Their confinement is a decorative one. The women, then, become literal
Odalisques. (Odalisque, from the Turkish, means to belong to a place.)

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