Hassan Hajjaj

"In this film, the character Naabz is a street artist who is fighting for her rights, due to the veil ban. She travels to each city – in this case Paris – sticking posters of women in veils around the city. I want to address the politically charged symbol of the veil, playfully questioning our perception of and obsession with stereotypes. I like to play with the concept, like to loosen up people’s ideas of what an Arabic woman looks like."

Born in 1961 in Morocco. Lives and works in London and Marrakech. Hassan Hajjaj’s work encompasses many techniques and fields, from designing and producing furniture including lamps, stools, poufs made from recycled North African artifacts such as upturned Coca-Cola crates as stools, road signs turned into tables tops as well as custom made clothes and photography.

Hajjaj is best known for designing the 'Andy Wahloo' bar-restaurant in Paris. 'Andy Wahloo' acknowledges one of his favourite artists, Andy Warhol, but also at the same time refers to a Parisian slang term meaning 'I have nothing', adopted by Hajjaj as a way of describing his work.

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