Somerset House and 1-54 present Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, a homecoming exhibition of the British-Moroccan artist, showcasing his vibrant fusion of contemporary cultures through new and celebrated works. The exhibition will be the first UK solo show of his work in seven years, celebrating his playful, multi-layered works which fuse traditional with contemporary North African culture alongside familiar Western imagery and iconography. Infused with a bold palette, the materials Hajjaj uses include patterned textiles, furniture, clothes and props often created by the artist to inform our understanding of the person in the image. The exhibition will run from 5 October 2017 – 7 January 2018.
Born and raised in Larache in Morocco, Hajjaj moved to London aged twelve. His artworks reflect his neo-nomadic lifestyle and the relationships he has formed with a variety of characters between the two countries and cultures, from musicians to artists and athletes to street performers. These individuals inspire Hajjaj’s diverse artworks from photographic portraits to video installations, sculptures, music, design and handcrafted objects. He is perhaps best known for his colourful photographic portraits, including the Kesh Angels series. Blending the glossy aesthetic of a fashion shoot with Moroccan tradition and street culture, these images, although light-hearted, challenge Western perceptions of the hijab and female disempowerment.
Larache Studio by Hassan Hajjaj
30-32 Calvert Avenue
London E2 7JP
Tel: + 44 20 7729 7349