Hassan Hajjaj: My Maroc Stars
L’Atelier 21 art gallery presents My Maroc Stars, an exhibition of recent work by leading contemporary artist Hassan Hajjaj. Here, the artist pays tribute to Morocco’s nascent yet dynamic cultural stage.
The art critic and academic Youssef Wahboun explains, “Hassan Hajjaj’s work is a fusion between the past and the contemporary era, western and oriental standards, pop art and street fashion, the popular imagery and the glamorous aesthetics of the luxury industry.”
Born in 1961 in Larache, Hassan Hajjaj is one of the most prominent Moroccan artists on the international scene.
Born in 1961, Hassan Hajjaj left Morocco for London at an early age. Heavily influenced by the club, hip-hop, and reggae scenes of London, as well as by his North African heritage, Hajjaj’s 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 whose colourful 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 can be found in significant 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; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA.
My Maroc Stars runs at L’Atelier 21 art gallery until January 13, 2018.
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