Hassan Hajjaj has the distinct honor of acting as Sole DXB's first-ever festival host. Sole DXB will continue its mission of celebrating art, music, and culture made by members of the Arab world and diaspora with the 2022 festival season, which is also the festival's return after a three year break. The festival takes place in Dubai from the 9th to the 11th of December. Find out more on Sole DXB's website.
Hassan Hajjaj's work Blaize (2015) is on the cover of the final printed copy of Time Out Magazine after a 54-year run covering London culture. For the publication's final paper edition, art director Bryan Mayes decided to feature graphic artist with a "really strong, vibrant visual style," selecting Hassan Hajjaj for his, "big, bold, clashing colours." Hajjaj captures the spirit of London in his signature flashy and colorful fashion, which he uses to style friend and London local, Blaize.
Hassan Hajjaj participated in a group exhibition, Songs Without Words: The Art of Music at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY from November 20, 2021 – March 6, 2022. Songs Without Words explored music through a collected survey of photography, sculpture, instruments, and musical ephemera. For more information, please visit the museum'swebsite.
A solo exhibition of Hassan Hajjaj’s work, VOGUE, The Arab Issue, was presented at Fotografiska New York, from March 19 – November 7, 2021. In his titular series, Hajjaj photographs local women from his home country of Morocco parodying the poses typically found in Western fashion photography. His subjects “model” traditional garments—such as djellabas and hijabs—that the artist has designed to feature counterfeit brand logos, polka dots and leopard prints. Other series to be featured include Dakka Marrakchia, Legs, Handpainted Portraits and Handprints.
Fotografiska New York hosted a screening of Hassan Hajjaj's A Day In The Life of Karima: A Henna Girl on September 12 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The film explores Karima, one of Hajjaj's subjects from his photo series Kesh Angels: a collection of photographs following girl biker gangs on the streets of Marrakesh. For more information please visit the Fotografiska website.
Hassan Hajjaj’s solo exhibition, VOGUE: The Arab Issue, was featured in Forbes by writer Chadd Scott. “[Hajjaj] embraces a melting pot of influences in his work – from popular culture and street style to hip-hop and haute couture,” Scott writes. “His eclectic confrontation of styles invites viewers to re-examine cultural stereotypes and clichés. To see the full article, please see the Forbes website.
The New York Times listed Hassan Hajjaj’s My Rockstars exhibition in its article, “4 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now.” Will Heinrich’s review observes how these “explosively joyful color portraits” allow Hajjaj to reclaim representations of his home country. To read the full feature, please visit the Times website.
Hassan Hajjaj presented at the International Center of Photography at 1pm on May 12, 2021, sharing about his industry spanning practice. The talk was part of the ICP’s lecture series featuring photographers who champion social change, expand the form through innovative practices, and critically engage with visual culture today. To learn more, please see the ICP website.
The New Yorker featured Hassan Hajjaj’s My Rockstars series and exhibition in its Photo Booth section on May 8, 2021. To see the full feature, “Cardi B. and Other ‘Rockstars,’ Through the Eyes of the Moroccan Artist Hassan Hajjaj,” please visit the New Yorker website.
Hassan Hajjaj was interviewed live on television for the “Afrique Hebdo” program of the French national television network, France 24. Hajjaj had a live conversation with leading reporter Valériane Gauthier on his exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery, his international influences, and how he plays with visual Moroccan tropes. To watch the interview, conducted in French, please see the French 24 website.
Blind Magazine’s Sara Rosen reviews Hassan Hajjaj’s concurrent shows, “My Rockstars” at Yossi Milo Gallery and “VOGUE, the Arab Issue” at Fotografiska New York. Rosen also interviews Hajjaj about his career, from his early encounters with photography in the 1960s in northern Morocco, to his first streetwear store in 1980s London. To read the full article, please see the Blind Magazine website.
Collector Daily’s Loring Knoblauch reviewed My Rockstars, observing that “Hajjaj is expanding the edges of how a 21st century photographic portrait can succeed, looking for unexpected ways to bring together layers of complex individuality that don’t normally fall neatly into line.” To read the full article, please visit the Collector Daily website.
A solo exhibition, Hassan Hajjaj: The Path, was on view at Arnolfini, in Bristol, UK from July 30 – November 1, 2020. Curated by writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun, The Path incorporates work from three of Hajjaj’s primary photographic series and references the artist’s personal journey from his birthplace in Larache, Morocco, to his later experience working in London and all around the globe. For more information, please visit the Arnolfini website.
Works by Hassan Hajjaj were featured at Intersect Aspen, an online viewing room and virtual art fair, as part of the exhibition Five Artists, Five Mediums, Five Days, from July 22-26, 2020. Presented by critic and curator Paul Laster, the program featured one artist for each of the five featured mediums, which include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and film/video, accompanied by a series of online talks.
A major solo exhibition by Hassan Hajjaj entitled VOGUE: The Arab Issue was on view at Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden, from February 14 – 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.