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Shirin Neshat Rebellious Silence 1994 Feminist Art Neshat is an Iranian visual artist living in New York, whose work deals primarily with issues of identity and sexuality for Muslim women.

"Les Femmes du Maroc après le bain", de Lalla Essaydi, 2008

Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b. Les Femmes du Maroc: After the Bath, 2008 ©Lalla Essaydi/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery

Lalla Essaydi

Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b. Territories Essaydi/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery

Essaydi's work is iconic in its novel use of henna and Arabic calligraphy.  She writes in her new book, Crossing Boundaries Bridging Cultures, that "In employing calligraphic writing, I am practicing a sacred Islamic art that is usually inaccessible to women.  To apply this writing in henna, an adornment worn and applied only by women adds a further subversive twist. "

Morocco: a tale of a Moroccan rug sale but really a tale of so much more