Hassan Hajjaj, Wamuhu, 2014, Print: Metallic lambda print on 3mm dibond Frame: Wood sprayed white and Mountain Dew cans, Frame: 53.5 x 36.8 in (135.9 x 93.4 cm) Print: 44.02h x 30w in (111.8h x 76.2w cm)
Kick Start, 2006/1427,Edition of 10, Metallic Lambda Print On 3mm White Dibond, 33.11h x 23.62w in / 84.1h x 60w cm
Said Koyo Legs, 2011, metallic lambda on 3mm dibond, 28 5.8 x 28 1/4 in / 72.8 x 97 cm
Rider, 2010/1431, Edition of 10, Metallic Lambda Print on 3mm White Dibond, 24.49h x 35.63w in / 62.2h x 90.5w cm
Ilham, 2003-2007, Edition of 7, Digital C-Print, 36.7h x 51.7w in / 93.5h x 131.6w cm
Love Maroc, 2010/1431, Edition of 7, C-Type on Fuji Crystal, 39h x 52.28 in / 99h x 132.8w cm
Miriam, 2010/1431, Edition of 7, Metallic Lambda Print On 3mm White Dibond, 53.5h x 36.77w in / 136h x 93.4w cm
M., 2010/1431, Edition of 7, Metallic Lambda on 3 mm White Dibond, 52.36h x 36.85w in / 133h x 93.6w cm
Marakshi, 2000/1421, Giclee Print with Acrylic Painted Tire Frame, 20h x 16w in / 50.8h x 40.6w cm
Henna Crew, 2010/1431, Edition of 7, Digital C-Type on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper, 39h x 52.3w in / 99h x 132.8w cm
Blue Eyes, 2010/1431, Edition of 7, Metallic Lambda Print On 3mm White Dibond, 52.52h x 38.58w in / 133.4h x 98w cm
Lksour, 2008/1429, Edition of 7, C-type on Fuji Crystal, 37h x 51w in / 94h x 130w cm
Feet Ball, 2006, Edition of 10, C-print on Paper, 24.4h x 33.8w in / 62h x 86w cm
Ya Amina, 2006, Edition of 10, Digital C-Type on Fuji Crystal,34.3h x 24.4w in / 87h x 62w cm
Hamid's Back, 2006, Edition of 7, C-Print on Paper, 53.5h x 41.33w in /136hx 105w cm
Arkia's Posse, 2000, Edition of 10, C-print on Paper, 33.07h x 42.9w in / 84h x 109w cm
Born in Larache, Morocco, in 1961, Hassan Hajjaj left Morocco for London at an early age. Heavily influence by the club, hip-hop, and reggae scenes of London as well as by his North African heritage, Hajjaj is a self-taught and thoroughly versatile artist whose work includes portraiture, installation, performance, fashion, and interior design, including furniture made from recycled utilitarian objects from North Africa, such as upturned Coca-Cola crates as stools and aluminum cans turned into lamps.
Turning to photography in the late 80s, Hajjaj is a master portraitist, taking studio portraits of friends, musicians, and artists, as well as strangers from the streets of Marrakech, often wearing clothes designed by the artist. These colorful and engaging portraits combine the visual vocabulary of contemporary fashion photography and pop art, as well as the studio photography of African artist Malick Sidibe, in an intelligent commentary on the influences of tradition in the interpretations of high and low branding and the effects of global capitalism.
Hassan's work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC; the Newark Museum, New Jersey; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Farjam Collection, Dubai; Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunisia; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA, and more. The artist lives and works between London, UK and Marrakech, Morocco.
Hassan Hajjaj is a part of Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art, an upcoming exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art curated by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Opening reception will be January 27, 2017.
Bling Bling Baby, a group exhibition featuring Hassan Hajjaj at NRW-Forum, aims to explore the emergence of bold kitsch in contemporary photography. Focusing on the narrative throughout generations of artists, Bling Bling Baby seeks to examine the evolution of the genre using each artists’ unique contribution as a looking glass.
Clash Magazine announces that Hassan Hajjaj will be reviving his R.A.P Streetwear Brand this fall.
“A streetwear brand before streetwear brands were commonplace, R.A.P was an early champion for diversity, merging fashion, music and art. Now, two decades after it shuttered, Real Artistic People is marking its return with a 12-piece collection and a stint at Dubai’s forthcoming Sole DWB festival.”
Mixmag discusses Hassan Hajjaj's re-launch of R.A.P Streetwear label at Sole DXB. Reflecting the bleak political times of 1980’s London, R.A.P was a brand marked by defiance. Hajjaj looked to past and present times as he showcases twelve unisex pieces comprising of six re-worked archive pieces as well as six new designs inspired by cultural movements of today’s NYC and London.
Hassan Hajjaj presents his documentary A Day In The Life of Karima: A Henna Girl, at Matatu's Festival of Stories. Hajjaj met Karima during his stereotype-shattering photography series Kesh Angels which depicts the girl biker gangs of Marakesh. Karima is a mother, wife, artist, henna artist and local icon.
Hassan Hajjaj has been invited to be a part of Zak Ové's VIP talk at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2016 in London in conjuction with Zak's Ové's Installation Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness at Somerset House. The panel will be led by Franklin Sirmans, Director, of Perez Art Museum Miami.
Hassan Hajjaj's works are featured in a group show curated by Ekow Eshun, former Director of London’s ICA. Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity features portraits and street photography exploring black masculinity through the lens of a dandy-esque persona.
In the exhibit Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity, curator Ekow Eshun focuses on the history of dandyism -- from Mali's sharp-looking party goers, to the sartorial rock stars envisioned by photographer Hassan Hajjaj.
Hassan Hajjaj panel discussion at Christie's Education Conference, London
14 July 2016
Christie's Education presents, "Panel discussion: Looking to Africa: Cultural Patronage and Artistic Legacy," on July 4th from 3:35 - 5:15PM as part of Christie's Education Conference 2016: Creating Markets, Collecting Art.
The panel will include contributions from Hassan Hajjaj (Artist) , Zoe Whiteley (Curator, Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain and Curator, International art at the Tate Modern), Touria El Glaoui (Founding Director, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair), and Maria Varnava (Director, Tiwani Contemporary, London). The panel will be convened by Koyo Kouoh (RAW Material Company, Dakar).
Hassan Hajjaj's Ilham (2000) is part of the upcoming exhibition Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu including painting, sculpture, photography and video that inspire Olowu’s rich and eclectic approach to pattern and textiles.
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will host Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars from May 26 - September 4, 2016. Organized by the Newark Museum, the solo exhibition includes the video installation My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, a related series of photographs and a site specific salon installation.
As the second of a two-part program, Islamic Art Now, Part 2 features approximately 31 works by artists from Iran, the Arab world, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Northwest Africa, featuring the first major installations of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East, including work by Hassan Hajjaj.
Tanja M. Laden of Vice reviews Hajjaj's exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum, "Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars is a colorful, confounding, but nonetheless stunning effort by the eponymous "Andy Warhol of Marrakech," an artist whose visual confluence of east and west invariably brings out the best of both."
In celebration of the museum's 10th anniversary the Nasher Museum presents Reality of My Surroundings. The exhibition demonstrates the museum's ongoing commitment to collecting work by global artists, particularly emphasizing artists of African descent. Hassan Hajjaj's Nisrin will be part of the exhibition.
As part of Art Basel's 2015 film program, Hassan Hajjaj's first feature film 'Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl,' is making its European debut on Wednesday, June 17th, at 8:30pm followed by a Q&A with the artist.
My Rock Stars, Experimental, Volume 1 (2012) is featured in a curious blindness at Columbia University's Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in New York. Comprised of the works of 18 emerging and established artists of diverse backgrounds, the exhibition engages with the complex themes of race and identity politics.
Hajjaj's Iham, (2003-2007) is currently on display at the the Arts & Foods Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. Curated by Germano Celant, the exhibition focuses on the world of food, dining together, and provides a worldwide overview of the interaction between aethetics and design.
Hassan Hajjaj's L.V. Posses (2000) is on view at the Vitra Design Museum as part of their ongoing exhibition, Making Africa. Following, the exhibition will travel to the Guggenheim Bilbao from 23 October 2015 - 21 February 2016.
Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East marks the first major exhibition of LACMA's collection of contemporary art of the Middle East. As the first of a two-part program, the exhibition features 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, including Gang of Kesh Part 2 (2000) by Hassan Hajjaj.
Opening February 25, 2015, The Newark Museum will present Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars, including its recent acquisition of the video My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, a related series of photographs, and an installation including objects from the museum's African Art collection.
Hassan Hajjaj will be featured in the upcoming The Future of Fashion is Now at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands.The Future of Fashion is Now is a sequel-exhibit to the popular 2009, The Art of Fashion show.