The Shaker of Bubbling Moroccan Art Scene
2014 Pulse Prize winner and a master of modern portraits, Hassan Hajjaj is heavily influenced by hip-hop, reggae and club culture. The self-taught Moroccan born artist Hassan’s work is a melting pot of culture, fashion, hip-hop, pop art that is expressed through a vibrant mix of textures and colours. Moving to London at age of fourteen and experiencing cross cultural scenes, his artwork speaks to all culture of current and next generations. Hassan’s work represents the social blurs between cultural identities through globalization and plays with the boundaries between. He is in the centre of bubbling Moroccan art scene and a true booster in connecting the current Moroccan art scene to the world.
Hassan is also one of ten Moroccan photographers chosen for the opening collection of The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (MMP+)‘s impressive new building opening in 2016. Check out Hassan’s recent work My Rock Stars Experimental Vol 1 which includes his video installation of musical performances often by his friends from all over the world wearing bold outfits designed by Hassan himself. If you are in Morocco, visit Hassan’s boutique tea-room and a gallery, Riad Yima in Marrakech where you can check out his artwork, furniture designs and get your hands on products made by Hassan himself. If you are in London, go and check out the store Larache named after Hassan’s hometown in Morocco and if you are in sunny LA, visit the LACMA and see Hassan’s ongoing exhibition at the museum.
GET TO KNOW
Watch Miles Barth’s interview with Hassan Hajjaj at the Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York and get familiar with artist Hassan’s world. You can take a peek at his store Larache in east London in this short video interview with Rose Issa Projects or find out the reason why Hassan’s work was love at first sight for LACMA’s curator Linda Komaroff.