Taymour Grahne is delighted to announce his inaugural participation in the eighth edition of artgenève, with a solo presentation project by London based multidisciplinary artist Hassan Hajjaj. The selected works will be displayed within a immersive salon style installation, including the artist's iconic Coca-Cola crate benches, and tables and stools made out of recycled utilitarian objects and found materials.
Turning to photography in the late 1980s, 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 colourful and engaging portraits combine the visual vocabulary of contemporary fashion photography and pop art, as well as the studio photography of African photographers such as 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.
Hajjaj's works are 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; LACMA, Los Angeles; Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakesh, among others.