"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."
1961 born in Larache, Morocco and lives between Marrakech, Morocco and London, UK.
Hassan Hajjaj arrived in London in his teens and grew up amid the emerging club culture in the UK.
Known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech” Hassan is very much a child of the pop art generation. His work encompasses many techniques and fields, from designing and producing furniture including lamps, stools and poufs made from recycled North African objects to custom made clothes and photography.
2015 saw Hassan’s first foray into film with Karima: A Day in The Life of A Henna Girl—a melange of documentary and B movie set within Marrakech’s Jemaa el-Fnaa square, which the artist refers to as “the University of Street Life.” Premiered at the LACMA and later on screened at Art Basel and the British Museum, Karima remains true to Hassan’s pop aesthetic and sets the protagonists of his vibrant photographs in motion.
Hassan's selected solo shows include: 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).
Hassan's work has been exhibited internationally in many high profile exhibitions including the 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's works have been acquired by Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the British Museum, London.
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