Bio

b. 1961, Larache, Morocco; lives and works between London, England and Marrakech, Morocco

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

Carte Blanche à Hassan Hajjaj, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

2017

My Maroc Stars, L’Atelier 21, Casablanca, Morocco

Noss Noss, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes, Al Riwaq Art Space, Manama, Bahrain

La Caravane, Somerset House, London, UK

2016

My Rock Stars Vol.1, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN

Colors of Gnaoua, Borj Jab Marrakech, Essaouira, Morocco

La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl, British Museum, London, UK

Stylin’, Colette Art Gallery, Paris, France

2015

My Rock Stars Vol. 1, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ & Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA & Art Basel’s Film sector, Basel Swizerland & A Shaded View On Fashion Film, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2014

Kesh Angels, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, NY

My Rock Stars: Volume 2, Gusford Gallery Los Angeles, CA

2013

My Rock Stars: Experimental, Volume 1, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

My Rock Stars: Volume 1, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

Vogue: The Arab Issue, Aria Art Gallery, Florence, Italy

2012

My Rockstars: Volume 1, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

Mi Casa es tu Casa, Marrakech Biennale 4, Marrakesh, Morocco

2011

Marque Deposée, Matisse Gallery, Marrakesh, Morocco

Mi Casa es tu Casa, Matisse Gallery, Marrakesh, Morocco

2010

Kesh Angels, Rose Issa Projects, London, UK

My Beautiful Rubbish, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany

2009

1430 in Casa, Matisse Gallery, Casablanca, Morocco

Dakka Marrakesh, 8th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennial, Bamako, Mali

‘Le Salon’, The Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, UK

2008

Dakka Marrakesh, Rose Issa Projects at Leighton House Museum, London, UK

Noss Noss: Photographic Works and Other Moroccan Stories, The Third Line, Doha, Qatar

2007

Noss Noss: Photographic Works and Other Moroccan Stories, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

2005 Fashion in Motion: Africa, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Africa Remix, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

Contemporary Muslim Fashions, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

African Metropolis: an Imaginary City, Maxxi Museum, Rome, Italy

Talisman in the Age of Difference, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

Hyper Real, The Arts Club, London, UK

Al Musiqa, Philarmonie de Paris, Paris, France

Un Oeil Ouvert Sur Le Monde Arabe, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art, 21c Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

Mi Casa Su Casa, curated by HASSAN HAJJAJ, Comptoir des Mines, Marrakesh, Morocco

2017

The Royal Academy of Arts - Summer Exhibition, London, UK

Treasures of Islam in Africa: From Timbuktu to Zanzibar, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

Afriques Capitales, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France

Afriques Capitales, as part of 100% Afriques, La Villette, Paris, France

African-Print Fashion Now!, Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

2016

Made you Look: Dandysm and Black Masculinity, The Photographers Gallery, London, UK

Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton Museum, Brighton, UK

Making & Unmaking, Camden Art Centre, London, UK

Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East – part 2, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

2015

Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany & Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain

Reality of My Surroundings, Nasher Museum of Duke University, Durham, NC

ZieZo Marokko, Tropenmuseum Junior, Amsterdam, Netherland

Arts & Food, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

A Curious Blindness, Wallack Art Gallery, New York, NY

View from Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art, Abu Dhabi Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2014

The Future of Fashion is Now, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Addis Fotofest, Photography Biennale, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Staging Reality, Lagos Photo Fest, Lagos, Nigeria

Special Flag, L’Atelier 21, Casablanca, Morocco

True to Life? - New Photography from the Middle East, Birmingham Museum, Birmingham, UK

Fluid Form II, NEMO Blue Square and Busan Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

10 photographes contemporains marocains, Fondation Mohammed VI de Promotion des oeuvres Sociales de l’Education, Rabat, Morocco

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Beyond the Cloth: The Kafiye project, White Box Projects, New York, USA

Au Bazar du Genre, MUCEM (Musee des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranee), Marseille, France

Chaos into clarity: Re-possessing a funktioning Utopia, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

10 photographes contemporains marocains, MMPVA (Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts),Marrakesh, Morocco

2012

Light from the Middle East, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

ReOrientations, Rose Issa Projects, London, UK

ComeTogether, Edge of Arabia, London, UK

Aurs Al Arab, OltreDimore Gallery, Bologna, Italy

Between Walls, Matisse Gallery, Rabat, Morocco

Aurs Al Arab, OltreDimore Gallery, Florence, Italy

2011

How I Learned to Stop Fearing and Love Exotic Art, JAMM Art, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Photoquai, Musee du quai Branly, Paris, France

Africa, See You, See Me, Museu Da Cidade, Lisboao, Portugal & Fondazione Studio Maragoni, Firenze, Italy

Play Ground, New Walk Way Museum, Leicester, UK

‘Le Salon’ for the Jameel Prize, La Villa des Arts, Casablanca, Morocco

2010

Le Salon’ for the Jameel Prize [traveling exhibition], Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey & Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Sharjah, UAE & National Museum, Beiteddine Palace, Beiteddine , Lebanon & National Museum, Damascus, Syria & National Museum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

ARABICITY, Beirut exhibition center, Beirut, Lebanon

2009

‘Le Salon’ for the Jameel Prize, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Icons Reloaded, Elysee Arts Gallery, Liege, Belgium

ReOrientations, European Parliament, Brussels

2008

Reuse 2.0, El boutique at Lothan Exhibition Space, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Mediterraneo: A Sea that Unites, Italian Institute, London, UK

2007

Social System, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, UK

2005

Contemporary African Visual Arts, Painting & furniture, British Museum, London, UK

2004

Black British Style, clothing from 1950s till now, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Selected Distinction, Prizes and Awards

2016

Officer of the Wissam Al Moukafaa Al Wataniya Order

2014

Certificate of Recognition for ‘My Rock Stars: Experimental Vol. 1’ from the City of Los Angeles

Pulse Art Fair Prize (Winner)

2011

Sovereign African Art Prize (Winner)

2009

Jameel Prize (Shortslisted)

Selected Collections

Barjeel Collection, Sharjah, UAE

Brooklyn Museum, Brookyln, NY

Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE

Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, France

Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia

MACAAL: Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden, Marrakesh, Morocco

MAXXI, Museum of Arts of the XXI century, Museum, Rome, Italy

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN

LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC

Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

NGV, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

V&A, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA

Wedge Collection, Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto, Canada

Bibliography

2019

“Hassan Hajjaj.” We the Outliers 24 January 2019

2018

Guillot, Claire. "The European House of Photography Aims Young and Far." Le Monde 11 October 2018

2017

Hirschfeld, Javier. "Hassan Hajjaj’s Vibrant Photographs are a Riot of Colour." BBC Culture 18 October 2017

Mostert, Caroline. "London Sets the Stage for Contemporary African Art." Sotheby’s 5 October 2017

MacDonald, Fleur. "Hassan Hajjaj Makes Marrakesh go Pop." 1843 Magazine October 2017

Kane, Ashleigh. "Meet Hassan Hajjaj, the ‘Andy Warhol of Marrakech.’" Dazed 30 January 2017

2016

Smets, Jenny. "Black dandies: met elegantie vooroordelen te lijf." Vrij Nederland 15 December 2016

Moroz, Sarah. "The Photographer Remixing Louis Vuitton With Traditional African Garb." i-D 14 July 2016

2014

Rao, Mallika. "These Portraits of Moroccan Hipsters Are More Nuanced Than They Look." The Huffington Post Arts & Culture 12 September 2014

Fite, Jenna. "My Rock Stars Experimental: Hassan Hajjaj Creates a Global Stage." National Geographic 2 September 2014

Smith, Roberta. "Hassan Hajjaj: ‘Kesh Angels.’" The New York Times 27 February 2014

“Kesh Angels, les motardes voilées de Hassan Hajjaj.” Les Inrockuptibles February 2014

Scarborough, James. “Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars: Volume 2, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles.” Huffington Post 10 January 2014

2013

Hajjaj, Hassan. Photography, Fashion, Film, Design Rose Issa Projects and Taymour Grahne Gallery, London, 2013 [book]

2012

“Hassan Hajjaj, photographe designer.” RTBF.be 2 October 2012

2008

Hajjaj, Hassan. Dakka Marrakesh