Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hassan Hajjaj

Moroccan-born, U.K.-based artist, Hassan Hajjaj has two solo exhibitions currently running in the U.S.

My Rock Stars: Volume 2 at Gusford in Los Angeles, California

images via Gusford

The gallery explains "Draping traditional woven mats on the street, [Hajjaj] outfits his subjects in colorful and quirkly costumes that he has designed. Suits sewn from found fabrics and industrial food packagings are combined with bold accessories, and the resulting portraits are encased in wooden frames lined with products sourced from Moroccan markets – items such as food tins, matchbooks, pigment bottles and Arabic alphabet blocks."

Hassan Hajjaj  |  My Rock Stars: Volume 2
on view now until February 22, 2014
Gusford  |  7016 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Kesh Angels at Taymour Grahne in New York, New York

images via Taymour Grahne

In this exhibit, Kesh Angels "pays tribute to the biker culture of the young women of Marrakesh in a series of photographs, limited edition objects, an installation and a video." Motorcycles and mopeds are prevalent part of every day life in Marrakesh, so it is not that they are girl gangs, rather a play on this concept celebrating the vibrant street culture of Morocco. NPR and The New Yorker had short and insightful stories on this exhibit.

Hassan Hajjaj  |  Kesh Angels
on view now until March 7, 2014
Taymour Grahne  |  157 Hudsoon Street, New York, NY 10013

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Also the LACMA, has some of Hajjaj's work on exhibit:
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, a piece included in the multi-artist exhibition, running through July 20th
My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, 2012, a 3-channel video installation 

The museum's interview with Hassan here

LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Thank you Trevor for turning me onto Hassan Hajjaj!
The Nasher Museum just purchased Hajjaj's piece "Nlsrn" - so it'll be traveling to the south once the show closes. 

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