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.

In 2009, Hajjaj was shortlisted for Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize for Islamic Art. His group exhibitions have been held at The Marrakesh Art Biennale; Edge of Arabia, London; Photoqua, Paris; and Re-orientations at Rose Issa Projects, among others. His 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.

 

past exhibition
past exhibition
28 January - 8 March 2014
press
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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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Hassan Hajjaj Coca Cola Riad
October 2010
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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
news
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).