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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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Artissima Fair @ Oval, Nov 6 – 8

4 November 2015

Artissima international fair of contemporary art focusing on art curation and collection returns to the Oval in Lingotto Fiere Torino from November 6 to 8.

The fair, which garnered attention from the international art market for its innovative research for over 20 years, will invite critics, curators and collectors to award six prizes—five from past editions as well as the Reda-Artissima Prize for exploring “the language of photography”.

This year’s fair brings a long list of talent, including Luca Pozzi‘s site specific installation ‘Wilson Tour Majestic’ at MEF Museum, Evan Roberts solo show with new pieces from the fence series, and a group show fromwith Brand New Gallery with Ry David Bradley, Ryan Conrad SawyerGraham Wilson and Letha Wilson.

There’s also a solo show by Hayv Kahraman for The Third Line, Hannah Perry with Seventeen, shows with Julie Bena, Daiga Grantina and Jo-ey Tang for Galerie Joseph Tang, and three solo shows in Torino’s magnificent Palazzo Capris with Tabor Robak, Michael Armitage, and Paul Kneale.

See the Artissima website for details. **

Luca Pozzi, 'Wilson Tour Majestic' (2015) @ Artissima. Courtesy the artist.
Luca Pozzi, ‘Wilson Tour Majestic’ (2015) @ Artissima. 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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Frieze New York 2015, May 14 – 17

13 May 2015

Frieze Art Fair New York is back for another round in the US city, running from May 14 to 17.

As always, the fair brings a dizzying slew of exhibitors and events. And for all its union labour woes (now resolved), it always brings some great emerging artists looking to break into the art world.

This year, exhibitors include: Berlin’s Croy Nielsen (with Olga Balema, Marlie Mul and Sebastian Black, among others); Real Fine Arts (with Yuji Agematsu); C L E A R I N G (with Harold Ancart and Calvin Marcus, as well as Korakrit Arunanondchai); The Breeder (with Andreas Angelidakis); The Third Line (with Sophia Al-Maria); Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (with Katja Novitskova, Slavs and Tatars, and Guan Xiao); and Temnikova & Kasela (with Kris Lemsalu).

Happening alongside the exhibitions are a series of talks (including Next Top Models: New Forms of Artists’ Collectives on May 14 with Abdullah Al-Mutairi (of GCC) and Dena Yago (of K-HOLE), hosted by Alex Provan).

Also taking simultaneously taking place is the annual NADA, bringing in exhibitors like Smart Objects (with Michael Manning), Evelyn Yard (with Héctor Arce-Espasas and Paul Kneale), and The Sunday Painter with Leo Fitzmaurice.

See the Frieze website and the NADA website for details. **

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