About the artist

Using portraiture (photography and video), installation, sculpture, and performance, Hajjaj aims to seduce the viewer whist confronting culture-specific beliefs and values. His multi-layered works fuse traditional and contemporary North African culture with familiar Western imagery and iconography through appropriation and adaption. His artworks reflect his neo-nomadic lifestyle and the relationships he has formed with a variety of characters along the way, from musicians to artists and athletes to street performers. Hajjaj is perhaps best known for his colourful portraits, including the Kesh’s Angels series, from which there will be several new works in the exhibition. Blending the glossy aesthetic of a fashion shoot with Moroccan tradition and street culture, these witty and poignant images, although outwardly light-hearted, challenge Western perceptions of the hijab and female disempowerment.

 

Hajjaj’s selected solo shows include: Hassan Hajjaj, Masion Marocaine de La Photographie, Paris (2019); Hassan Hajjaj: The Path, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK (2019);La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes, Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya, Bahrain (2017); La Caravane, Somerset House, London, UK (2017); La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2016); Hassan Hajjaj, My Rock Stars Experimental, Vol.1, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA (2015); Kesh Angels, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, USA (2014); My Rock Stars: Volume 2, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2014); My Rock Stars: Volume 1, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA (2014, travelled from The Third Line, Dubai, and Virginia Commonwealth University, USA); Kesh Angels, Rose Issa Projects, London (2010); Fashion in Motion, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2005).

 

Hajjaj’s work has been exhibited internationally. Selected exhibitions include: Get Up, Stand Up Now, Somerset House, London (2019); African Metropolis: An Imaginary City, Maxxi National Museum, Rome, Italy (2018); National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Melbourne, Australia (2017); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2017); Treasures of Islam in Africa. From Timbuktu to Zanzibar, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2017); Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton Museum, UK (2016); Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA (2015); True to Life? New Photography from the Middle East, Birmingham of Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2014); Light from the Middle East, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2013); We are not Witches, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010); Africa Remix, Hayward Gallery, London (2005) and Contemporary African Visual Arts, British Museum, London (2005).

 

Hassan Hajjaj’s works are in the collections of the Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi, UAE; MAXXI National Museum, Rome; Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakesh, Morocco; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Brooklyn Museum, New York; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Victoria and Albert Museum, London and The British Museum, London.

 

selected works

Hindi Kahlo
Ahmed Lightin' Up
2000
Alo Wala
2015
Kesh Angels
2010
Khadija
2010
Hamid's Back
2000
Nana
2009
Dupe
2006
Afrikan Boy Sittin’
H.R.H Alia
2016
Asheber
2014
Alya
2014

past exhibitions

11 September – 17 November 2019

Hassan Hajjaj

Maison Marocaine de la Photographie

Maison Européenne de la Photographie
12 June – 15 September 2019

Hassan HajjajDerrick Adams

Get Up Stand Up Now

6 April – 23 June 2019

Hassan Hajjaj

The Path

4 October – 7 October 2018

Leonardo DrewIbrahim El-SalahiHassan HajjajChris OfiliZak Ové

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Somerset House, London
5 June – 21 July 2018

Leonardo DrewHassan HajjajZak Ové

Talisman in the Age of Difference

4 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

Hassan Hajjaj

La Caravane

15 October – 18 October 2015

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Ibrahim El-SalahiHassan HajjajZak Ové

26 October 2013 – 26 January 2014

Hassan HajjajZak Ové

Chaos into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia

Curated by Shannon Ayers Holden

29 June – 23 September 2012

Matthew BurrowsBiggs & CollingsHeywood & CondieHassan HajjajMarcus HarveyHenry KrokatsisOliver MarsdenJonathan BaldockDan CoombsKeith CoventryHoward DykeNeal GallTom GallantSteve GoddardPaul HousleyPhillip LaiPenny LambHew LockeJason MartinRyan MosleyZak OvéMichael SamuelsChris SuccoDolly ThompsettGavin TurkDouglas White

London Twelve

City Gallery of Prague

selected press/news

Hassan Hajjaj

VOGUE, The Arab Issue | Hassan Hajjaj

14 February - 07 June 2020
 
9 October 2019

Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj Turns Moroccan Clichés Into London Cool
 

Hassan Hajjaj

Morocco a-go-go: the eye-popping visions of Hassan Hajjaj - in pictures
 
11 October 2018

Hassan Hajjaj

“The work is for the people”: Hassan Hajjaj’s journey from Marrakech to Madonna
 
23 September 2018

Hassan Hajjaj

African Metropolis Presents The Complex Metropolis Structure Through An Urban Lens
 
African Metropolis, an imaginary city
16 August 2018

Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj has been called the Warhol of Marrakech
The Times
 
23 May 2018

Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj's best photograph: Kesh Angels, girl biker gang of Morocco
 

Hassan Hajjaj

HASSAN HAJJAJ MAKES MARRAKESH GO POP

Life and Culture
 
La Caravane
4 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj’s Vibrant Photographs are a Riot of Colour
 
La Caravane
4 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

Hassan Hajjaj

Screening at the British Museum

 
A Day in the Life of Karma
The British Museum
7 January 2016

Hindi Kahlo

Frame : Walnut wood with 133 x 94 cm / 52 3/8 x 37 in

Ahmed Lightin' Up

2000Frame : Walnut wood with cigarette packs, matchboxes, Arabic alphabet legos Print : Digital C. type photograph93 x 62 cm / 36 5/8 x 24 3/8 in

Alo Wala

2015Print: Metallic Lambda on 3mm dibond Frame: Wood spray white with green olives tins141 x 98 cm / 55 1/2 x 38 5/8 in

Kesh Angels

2010Frame: Wood sprayed white gloss with empty and clean car paint tins. Print: Metallic lambda on 3mm dibond94 x 130 cm / 37 x 51 1/8 in

Khadija

2010Frame: Wood sprayed yellow with empty and clean Fanta cans Print: Metallic lambda on 3mm dibond135.9 x 93.4 cm / 53 1/2 x 36 3/4 in

Hamid's Back

2000Frame : Wood with Arabic Sprite cans Print : Digital C. type photpgraph136 x 93 cm / 53 1/2 x 36 5/8 in

Nana

2009Frame : Wood sprayed white with green sardines tins Print : Metallic lambda on 3mm dibond136 x 93 cm / 53 1/2 x 36 5/8 in

Dupe

2006Frame : Walnut wood with Fanta cans Print : Digital C. type photograph136 x 93 cm / 53 1/2 x 36 5/8 in

Afrikan Boy Sittin’

Frame: Wood sprayed white gloss with new empty HH yellow tea boxes with red fatma hand Print: Metallic lambda on 3mm dibond142 x 97.5 cm / 55 7/8 x 38 3/8 in

H.R.H Alia

2016Frame: Wood sprayed white gloss with empty and clean Tam tomato cans Print: Metallic lambda on 3mm dibond111.8 x 76.2 cm / 44 x 30 in

Asheber

2014Frame: Wood sprayed white gloss with empty and clean coconut milk cans Print: Metallic lambda on 3mm dibond111.8 x 76.2 cm / 44 x 30 in

Alya

2014Print : Metallic Lambda on 3mm Dibond Frame: wood sprayed white with big 142 x 242 x 11 cm / 55 7/8 x 95 1/4 x 4 3/8 in