A major solo exhibition by Hassan Hajjaj entitled VOGUE: The Arab Issue is on view at Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden, through June 7, 2020. Hajjaj’s mixed media works reference issues of cultural identity, stereotypes and appropriation in an increasingly globalized world by intermixing western symbols of high fashion and pop art with Moroccan consumer items. For more information, please visit the Fotografiska website.
Hassan Hajjaj's portrait of Cardi B was on view in CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop at the International Center of Photography in New York, NY, from January 25 - May 18, 2020. The show surveyed the evolution of Hip-Hop since its inception four decades ago, exploring the wide cultural and political impacts of the movement and the plethora of iconic images created along the way. Other featured artists include Janette Beckman, Barron Claiborne, Gordon Parks and Jamel Shabazz. For more information, please visit the ICP website.
New commissions by Hassan Hajjaj were included in the Second Lahore Biennale (LB02), Between the Sun and the Moon, across cultural heritage sites in Lahore, Pakistan, through February 29, 2020. Artwork in LB02 explored the issue of climate change and its repercussions, juxtaposing the rich social and cultural history of Lahore with its ancient cosmological understandings of the natural world and self. LB02 featured commissions by more than 20 artists including Madiha Aijaz, Alia Farid, Diana Al-Hadid and Haroon Mirza. For more information, please visit the Lahore Biennale Foundation website.
An immersive solo exhibition by Hassan Hajjaj, Carte Blanche, was on view at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris, from September 11 - November 17, 2019. Carte Blanche featured photography, video, furniture and installation exploring Hajjaj’s wide-ranging interests including fashion, consumerism, and the cross-cultural musical scenes of London and North Africa. For more information, please visit the MEP website [French].
Hassan Hajjaj presented a live performance installation, My Rock Stars Experimental - Live, at the Ford Theaters in Los Angeles, on October 11, 2019. Six musicians performed Hajjaj’s My Rocks Stars series live on stage, in front of a backdrop of textiles designed by Hajjaj and manufactured by local Moroccan artisans. The international roster of performers included Afrikan Boy, Bumi, Simo Lagnawi the Gnawa Berber, and Marques Toliver, reflecting the combination of London hip-hop, reggae, and North African heritage that influences Hajjaj’s broader artistic practice. For more information, please visit the Ford Theaters website.
Artforum featured African Spirits as a Critics’ Pick, with Joseph Akel examining a “sense of constructing and celebrating identity” and “sartorial flair" at the heart of many included portraits . To read the full article: Artforum.
The Path, a solo exhibition of photographs, films, and installations by Hassan Hajjaj was on view at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham, United Kingdom from April 6 - June 23, 2019. The exhibition presented work from multiple series, highlighting Hajjaj’s engagement with Moroccan, British and globalized culture in the modern world. For more information, please visit the New Art Exchange website.
Work by Hassan Hajjaj was on view in Material Insanity at Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden in Marrakech, Morocco, from February 26 – August 15, 2019. The exhibition explored the relationship between form, material, and meaning through a series of installations and artworks primarily composed of everyday objects. Other featured artists include Yasmina Alaoui, Oli Bonzanigo, Frances Goodman, and Adrian Piper. For more information, please visit the MACAAL website.
Three works by Hassan Hajjaj were included in The Space of the Image – MAXXI Collection 2018-2019, at the Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI) in Rome, Italy. This cycle of the permanent exhibition featured more than 70 new acquisitions that have enriched the museum’s holdings. Other featured artists include Alighiero Boetti, Katharina Grosse, Aldo Rossi and Bill Viola. For more information, please visit the MAXXI website.
Artwork by Hassan Hajjaj was featured in Styles of Resistance: From the Corner to the Catwalk at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn, NY from January 18 – February 24, 2019. The exhibition celebrated the origins and evolution of urban fashion from the 1970s to the present day. Other featured artists include Alex Blaise, Kendall Carter and Victoria Ford. For more information, please visit the MoCADA website.