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Lalla Essaydi: Truth and Beauty


Morocco-born artist Lalla Essaydi's exhibition recasts the exoticised Arab women of Orientalist paintings and returns the female subjects their agency.


The 20 or so large-scale images each took up to a year for Essaydi to stage. In them, the women are sometimes clothed in fabrics that allow them to blend into the background (right), or have meaningless text inscribed in henna on their bodies to highlight how women's voices are often overwritten in discourse.