Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Art and Design
The photographic work of contemporary Moroccan artist, Lalla Essaydi, embodies a new artistic hybridity that reflects her nomadic, globalized background. With this work, the artist employs visual symbolism and uses multiple forms of artistic media as a means to analyze her multicultural background. Throughout her series, which spans 2004-present, Essaydi uses both literal and metaphorical representations of space and self as a means to examine the multifacetedness of her national identity and the many gazes that define that identity. She uses artistic production as a means of mediating the collective experiences of her identity in order to negotiate and construct a revised image of self.
Darrow, Susannah B., "Negotiating Hybridity in the Work of Lalla Essaydi: An Exploration of Gaze." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2013.