Named as one of the most influential artists by the Africa Art Market Report 2015, Hassan Hajjaj came back for his exhibition Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, at Somerset House, London, from 5 October 2017 to 7 January 2018. Let’s focus on its polymorphic art, made of the meeting of two cultures.
Who is Hassan Hajjaj ?
Born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco, Hassan Hajjaj immigrated to the UK when he was only twelve. During his teenage years, he met other expatriates and got close to the arts scene. He discovered photography and started to create furniture. Caught between two countries, Morocco and the UK, Hassan Hajjaj was influenced by his two identities to shape his art. For him, artistic creation is a way to embrace his double culture and « become a new person ».
An outstanding artistic world
Hassan Hajjaj’s work comes from the London street art, Moroccan culture and pop art which was inspired by the globalization. Photographer, designer and producer, our self-taught man mainly uses photography to freeze this meticulous, colorful, off-the-wall universe. Renowned artist, he won the Sovereign Middle East and African Art Prize in 2011 and his work is exhibited worldwide, from New York to London, including Paris, Dubai and Los Angeles.
In 2015, he introduced his first feature film Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl, at the County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, immersing the audience in the daily life of a henna girl in Marrakech. One year later, in 2016, he unveiled his exhibition Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars at Brooks Museum, Memphis, which staged the show of nine musicians to recreate a Moroccan market atmosphere.
A WANA artist proud of his African roots
Hassan Hajjaj explained that he was very proud to be able to introduce his work as being from Arabic cultures, but also from African cultures. Indeed, he expressed his wish to see the African continent united, where tensions between North African countries and Sub-Saharan countries would not exist as they all belong to the same continent. His wish is shared by artists on all sides as many of them use their arts to celebrate Africa as a whole.
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Here is the link of the French version !