Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj @ The Third Line, Mar 14 – Apr 16

14 March 2016

Hassan Hajjaj has a solo exhibition La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes at Dubai’s The Third Line, opening March 14 and running April 16.

The show title translates to ‘Gym For Arab Women’ and will contain photographs that have been taken over many years and in many locations of  women —mainly Hajjaj’s friends —dressed as fictional characters wearing various uniforms and athletic gear, with popular brand names pieced together with traditional textiles and shapes –all designed and composed by the artist himself.   

Hajjaj predominantly works with photography as his medium but incorporates elements and references from North African culture, fashion and recycled objects. The images in La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes are brought together for the first time in one show.

Whereas the artist has had easy access to fitness clubs for men in Morocco, he has never been inside a women-only sports facility or gym and he uses this as a trajectory to conceptualise such a space.

See The Third Line’s exhibition page for more details**

Hassan Hajjaj, 'Rider' (2010). Courtesy the artist.
Hassan Hajjaj, ‘Rider’ (2010). Courtesy the artist.


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Abbas Akhavan + Hassan Hajjaj @ Art Basel, Jun 18 – 21

18 June 2015

The Third Line is lining up with Art Basel‘s Statements sector to introduce Study for a Monument, a new solo presentation by Abbas Akhavan, running at the Dubai art space from June 18 to June 21.

Akhavan, who is represented by the UAE gallery, will be presenting a floor-based installation of bronze-case plants with Study for a Monument, a continuation of recent works that “archive and memorialize native and endemic flora in compromised ecologies”. The flora, created as metallic incarnations of flora native to the Iraq region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is a suggestion of the immense socio-political turmoil in the region over the last decades, and the consequent irreparable damage to its topography.

Bronze, the material chosen for the reproduction, is intentional in its duplicitous nature—appearing permanent but in fact lacking loyalty. In addition to Akhavan’s installation, a new film by Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj will be featured as part of The Third Line’s Art Basel Film sector presentation, titled Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl and following the henna girls of Marrakesh.

See the exhibition page for details. **

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Hassan Hajjaj @ Newark Museum, Feb 25 – Aug 9

23 February 2015

Moroccon-born artist Hassan Hajjaj brings a new video exhibition called My Rock Stars to New Jersey’s Newark Museum, running from February 25 to August 9.

The artist, now based in the UK, brings his latest video installation, ‘My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume I’ (2012), which pays tribute to people that have inspired him and his work. The video consists of nine separately filmed performances by international musicians and singers drawing from hip hop and jazz, as well as Gnawa (described as “traditional north African spiritual songs by descendants of enslaved west Africans”).

Accompanying the video installation are a corresponding series of photographs displayed in a salon designed specifically for the exhibition. The show helps kick off a two-year celebration of the Museum’s collection of African art, culminating in 2017 with a major reinstallation celebrating it’s centennial year.

See the exhibition page for details. **


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