Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj | Pop-Up Exhibition

10-17 February 2017

Hassan Hajjaj, Keziah Jones, 2011, Metallic Lambda Print On Dibond With Wood & Plastic Mat Frame, 136 x 101 cm

To celebrate GPP Photo Week 2017, The Third Line is pleased to present a pop-up exhibition with work by Hassan Hajjaj. The exhibition will show works from several of Hassan’s series, including My Rockstars: Volume 1 from 2012 and Noss Noss from 2007.

Much like Hajjaj’s personal exploration, the photographic series, is an on-going examination of belonging in an increasingly globalized society where boundaries of cultural identity – most notably African, Arabic and Western – are constantly being pushed. Using traditional mats and fabrics as well as found objects that he sources in local markets of his hometown Marrakech, Hajjaj bridges the gap between past and present and various cultures, creating pieces that seamlessly merge folkloric elements into Western contemporary art.

 

Hassan Hajjaj

Gallery 1: La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes

March 14 - April 16, 2016

Hassan Hajjaj, La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes, 2016, Installation view

Group Show

Summer Show 2014

June 4 - July 24, 2014

Sara Naim _Al Niente _2009_C-type Digital Print _50.8x 43.18cm

The Third Line will be closing the season with Summer Show 2014, presenting a selection of artworks by artists represented by the gallery and those who have shown at the gallery in the past. 

With a series of media ranging across photography, painting, sculpture and installations, Summer Show 2014 will be showcasing the works of Arwa Abouon, Ala Ebtekar, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Huda Lutfi, Laleh Khorramian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Rhea Karam and Sara Naim.

Hassan Hajjaj

My Rock Stars: Volume 1

September 12 - October 18, 2012

HH_My Rockstars

The Third Line presents a new body of work by acclaimed photographer Hassan Hajjaj. My Rock Stars: Volume 1 pays homage to traditional African portraiture, while celebrating present-day pop stars, unsung artists and personal inspirations in Hajjaj’s life.

With the help of a pop up studio that he would erect on the streets of Morocco, London, Paris and Kuwait, Hassan Hajjaj’s series, now 13 years in the making, will be shown for the first time at The Third Line. The series is simultaneously a haut-couture street experiment and a revival of African photography from the 1960s and 70s. Hajjaj’s subjects range from musicians, fashion designers, dancers to singers, capoeira masters, and boxers; all of whom are immortalized in a fleeting moment in time, sealing their muse-like qualities forever.

Much like Hajjaj’s personal exploration, the photographic series, is an on-going examination of belonging in an increasingly globalized society where boundaries of cultural identity – most notably African, Arabic and Western – are constantly being pushed. Using traditional mats and fabrics as well as found objects that he sources in local markets of his hometown Marrakech, Hajjaj bridges the gap between past and present and various cultures, creating pieces that seamlessly merge folkloric elements into Western contemporary art.

Group Show

THE STATE: SOCIAL/ANTISOCIAL?

September 12 - October 27, 2011

Thestate

Artists: Abbas Akhavan, Huda Lutfi, Arwa Abouon, Amir H. Fallah, Fouad Elkoury, Farhad Moshiri, Hassan Hajjaj, Laleh Khorramian, Slavs and Tatars, Susan Hefuna, Youssef Nabil

To begin the fall season, The Third Line invites guest curator Rami Farook to continue a conversation about the state of the world today. Comprising of works from The Third Line, Traffic and The Farook Collection and exhibiting at the two spaces, the show attempts to question and discuss the state of the contemporary environment through artistic representations depicting social behavior, ecology and psychology.

THE STATE: SOCIAL / ANTISOCIAL? is inspired by and, a continuation from, previous shows at Traffic also titled ‘the state’. This exhibition resumes a dialogue explored earlier in shows held at Traffic: THE STATE(2010), the inaugural exhibition, questioned the socio-political state post September 11; anTHE STATE: UPPERS & DOWNERS(2011) ran a commentary on the global condition, from an economic perspective, with the city of Dubai as a focal point. This third installment of investigation combines works from the collection of The Third Line, Traffic and The Farook Collection, and is exhibited at both galleries to connect the conversations previously limited to one physical space. 

Hassan Hajjaj

Noss Noss: Photographic Works and Other Moroccan Stories

November 22 - December 13, 2007

HH_Classic Ahmed _2000_C-print ,walnut Wood Frame & Found Object _87x 62cm _650

“Noss Noss” means “so so” in Arabic, but in Morocco it is used to order a coffee with milk (half and half). The use of this common phrase heard at Marrakech cafes is typical of Hajjaj’s world where urban street culture and the everyday coexist. From young people in Marrakech on the back of motorcycles to men in fez’s smoking cigarettes, Hajjaj’s work portrays young locals posing on the streets of Morocco and simultaneously captures Western stereotypes of the people of North Africa. 

Here Hajjaj takes European stereotypes of the North African world and turns them into a visual celebration in what he calls 'souk with a twist'. His photographs are then finished with a unique kind of Moroccan product placement: recycled bike tyres, tins of food or used batteries sourced from the markets of Morocco are then placed around the image, framing the work in the unique Hassan Hajjaj style. Each relief style frame is individually made by the artist, each referencing the co-existence of the new and the old.

By recycling, re-appropriating and re-empowering Western stereotypes of North Africa, Hajjaj has come up with a powerful and celebratory aesthetic that is very much like a visual hip-hop: he does not combine Africa and the West, rather, he speaks the voice of a generation that can no longer tell the difference.