artist
Hassan Hajjaj
biography

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 British Museum, London; 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.

 

past exhibition
past exhibition
28 January - 8 March 2014
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Artist News
Art Basel: sound and fury
12 June 2015
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Usher on his new album, songwriting process, and whether there will be a UAE stop on his next tour
7 June 2015
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Mawazine Festival: Usher hearts Morocco! Yeah!
7 June 2015
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Mawazine: While in Rabat, singer Usher reveals his taste for contemporary Moroccan art
5 June 2015
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Sneak Peek: What to See in Art Basel in Basel 2015
3 June 2015
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Artist Beautifully Captures Bold Female Bikers in Morocco
31 May 2015
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Photos: The colorful female bike gangs of Marrakesh
28 May 2015
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Paris Photo LA : Just Pick One, Honey (PHOTOS)
6 May 2015
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Barbies, Punks, and Astronauts: 7 Must-See Booths as Paris Photo Los Angeles
1 May 2015
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A Stylish Eye at Paris Photo Los Angeles
1 May 2015
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Morning Links: 'Eventually They Introduced Me' Edition
28 April 2015
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Film at Art Basel in Basel
28 April 2015
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Then and Now
16 February 2015
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Emerging aesthetics of globalism at the heart of Hassan Hajjaj exhibition
5 February 2015
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Wexner Center for the Arts highlights diverse art forms to ring in 25 years
19 January 2015
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The 21 Art Exhibitions You’ll Be Talking About This Year
7 January 2015
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Hassan Hajjaj on Bringing Noise, Kitsch, and Joie de Vivre From Morocco to Miami Beach
5 December 2014
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These Portraits Of Moroccan Hipsters Are More Nuanced Than They Look
12 September 2014
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My Rock Stars Experimental: Hassan Hajjaj Creates a Global Stage
2 September 2014
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A First Look at Duro Olowu's New Pop-Up Art Show "More Material"
July 2014
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An Interview with Hassan Hajjaj
April 2014
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Review: Hassan Hajjaj ' Kesh Angels
28 February 2014
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Hassan Hajjaj, "Kesh Angels"
20 February 2014
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Moroccan Street Style
19 February 2014
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The Motorcycle Gang Girl of Morocco
14 February 2014
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In Photos: Moroccan Motorcycle Mashup
12 February 2014
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Hassan Hajjjaj and HIs Biker "'Kesh Angels" At Taymour Grahne
10 February 2014
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Kesh Angels: Hassan Hajjaj at Taymour Grahne Gallery
29 January 2014
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Events
28 January 2014
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A Showcase by Hassan Hajjaj
27 January 2014
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Hassan Hajjaj and the Hell’s Angels of Marrakesh
27 January 2014
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The Look: Mr Hassan Hajjaj
21 January 2014
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Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars: Volume 2, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles
10 January 2014
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Hassan Hajjaj’s US Triple Threat
30 December 2013
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Three-channel video installation by Moroccan-born artist Hassan Hajjaj opens at LACMA
23 December 2013
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Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, 2012
December 2013
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Studio Tracks: Hassan Hajjaj
December 2013
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Marrakech's new arts scene in the funky old medina
15 November 2013
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Marrakech’s museum for photography and the visual arts offers surprises
15 November 2013
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Morrocan Artist Hassan Hajjaj On His Biker Babes of Marrakesh
14 February 2013
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Moroccan Rock Stars
25 October 2012
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Marrakitsch: Hassan Hajjaj
June 2012
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The Rise of Photomontage in Contemporary Middle Eastern Art
2012
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Abayas, Kohl Boxes, Dreadlocks + Andy Warhol: The hard-hiting humor of Moroccan-British artist Hassan Hajjaj
January 2010
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Meet the Moroccan Warhol
May 2009
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Canvas: Photography
May 2008
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Riad Royale
April 2007
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Artist News
17 June 2015

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.

Artist News
13 May 2015

Hassan Hajjaj's first feature-length film, Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl, premieres at LACMA on May 13th at 6:30 pm.  The film will play in the museum's Bing Theater.

Artist News
8 May 2015

Holland Cotter of the New York Times reviews 'A Curious Blindess' at Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University.  The exhibition is on view through June 13.

Artist News
May 2015

British Airways' in flight magazine, High Life, features Hassan Hajjaj's 'Kesh Angels in their May issue.

Artist News
4 May 2015

Karenna Insanally interviews Hassan Hajjaj on his upcoming documentary film, 'Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl' premeiering at LACMA, on May 13th.

Artist News
22 April – 13 June 2015

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. 

Artist News
10 April – 1 November 2015

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.

Artist News
21 March - 20 April 2015

Tarek Al-Ghoussien and Hassan Hajjaj participate in FotoFest's first appearance in the Middle East.  View from Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art is a special commission and centerpiece of the twelfth edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2015.

Artist News
14 March - 13 September 2015

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.

Gallery News
9 March 2015

Chika Okeke-Agulu reviews Hassan Hajjaj's solo exhibition at the Newark Museum.  On view through August 9, 2015.

Artist News
1 February 2015 - ongoing

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. 

Artist News
25 February – 9 August 2015

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.

Gallery News
Harper's Bazaar Art interviews Taymour Grahne
January - February 2015

Photography from the MENA region is in vogue with curators around the world.  But how is it faring in the global art market?  Simon Bowcock talks to industry professionals to find out.

Artist News
January - February 2015

Mental_Floss Magazine features Hassan Hajjaj's Rider (2010) on the cover as part of their "37 New Ways to See the World" issue.

Artist News
11 October 2014

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.

Artist News
7 June - 2 November 2014

Hajjaj’s photograph, Saida in Green, is on view at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as part of the True to Life? New Photography of the Middle East exhibit.

Artist News
21 May – 4 July 2014

Works by Taymour Grahne Gallery artists, Hassan Hajjaj and Mohammed Kazem are on view at the Busan Museum of Art in South Korea, as part of an ongoing show titled, Fluid Form II.

Artist News
28 February 2014

Roberta Smith of the New York Times reviews Hassan Hajjaj's 'Kesh Angels, calling his work "dynamic transcultural documents."

Artist News
19 February 2014

Paul Later from Time Out New York reviews Hassan Hajjaj's 'Kesh Angels.

Artist News
12 February 2014

NPR interviews Hassan Hajjaj about the women behind his 'Kesh Angels exhibition.

Artist News
10 February 2014

A video essay by Artinfo's Dion Tan on Hassan Hajjaj's exhibition at Taymour Grahne Gallery.

Artist News
27 January 2014

Hassan Hajjaj's Miriam from his 'Kesh Angels exhibit, received a full page in The New Yorker. 

Artist News
December 2013

Hassan Hajjaj's video installation My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, 2012 will be on view starting 21 December 2013 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Artist News
December 2013

Hassan Hajjaj's three-channel video is part of an ongoing installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Artist News
December 2013

Hassan Hajjaj shares his playlist highlights with Modern Painters.

Artist News
15 November 2013

Tara Stevens from the Guardian discusses Hassan Hajjaj's influential work in Marrakech's thriving art scene. 

Artist News
15 November 2013

The Financial Times reviews Hassan Hajjaj's work at the new Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (MMPVA).

Gallery News
Hassan Hajjaj Featured in National Geographic