Bullets Revisited #20, 2013
Label: The staged settings created for Lalla Essaydi’s Bullets Revisited series recall imagery in 19th-century Orientalist painting—a female figure, glimpsed as if from a keyhole into a secret, shimmering world. The intricate background pattern looks like Islamic tile, and other details in the décor and the clothing are carefully detailed to reproduce an idealized image of beauty—lethal beauty. Every element in this scene is created with bullet casings, which effectively transforms this domestic space into a psychological one, charged with the potential for violence that pervades contemporary society. Essaydi confronts layers of convergence, “as a woman caught somewhere between past and present, as well as between East and West, and also as an artist, exploring the language from which to ‘speak’ from this uncertain space.”
Les Femmes du Maroc: Harem Women Writing, 2008
Label: The women featured in Lalla Essaydi’s photographs emerge from the artist’s Moroccan girlhood. “I needed to return to the culture of my childhood if I wanted to understand my unfolding relation to the ‘converging territories’ of my present life,” says the artist, who now lives in the U.S. Typically cloistered within anonymous, domestic spaces and clothed in traditional robes, Essaydi’s figures both enact and resist the constraints of both Islamic religious tradition and Western European stereotypes. Raised according to strict cultural and religious conventions, her photographs reveal the hidden domestic spheres in which female family members were confined, while illuminating their thoughts and desires through the very personal writings inscribed on their bodies and clothing—written expressions they would have been denied. “In photographing women inscribed with henna, I emphasize their decorative role, but subvert the silence of confinement. These women speak visually to the house and to each other.”
Wine: 2022 La Linda Malbec and 2021 Luigi Bosca Malbec
Here I wanted to explore sameness and generations. These wines are from the same producer, they are both Luigi Bosca Malbec wines from Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, however like both paintings, they capture different expressions.
The La Linda pairs with Bullets Revisited #20. La Linda means the beautiful, a perfect complement to a piece that forces us to examine what is truly beautiful.
Well, this wine is beautiful. La Linda Malbec is a vibrant purple red color. On the nose you get red berries, red cherries and baking spices. The wine is sleek and silky with deep red fruit flavors.
Wine: 2021 Luigi Bosca Malbec partnered with Les Femmes du Maroc: Harem Women Writing
This malbec gives fresh flowers and red fruit on the nose. The palate offers some spicy oaky notes perfectly balanced with red fruit.
So what’s the difference- The La Linda comes from 30 year old vines, sees no oak aging and is grown at a lower elevation (930 meters above sea level). A slightly younger wine with no oak aging retains a bit more freshness and fruit character.
While the Luigi Bosca comes from 35 year old vines, grows at an elevation of 900 to 1100 meters above sea level and is aged 12 months. Higher elevation, vine age, and oak aging all are intertwined into the wine character. The older, oak aged wine has more depth, maturity, and complexity. Vine age-older vines have less fruit; make richer juice. Oaked wines feel softer and round on the palate. They have flavors of vanilla and baking spices. Higher elevation makes wines with more acidity, tannin and grip. This also gives them more age-ability. The La Linda is meant to be consumed today, but can age for another two to three years, while the Luigi Bosca will show well for another five years.