HASSAN HAJJAJ, "MY ROCK STARTS: VOLUME 1" at VCU qatar, doha
MY ROCK STARS: VOLUME 1
Gallery at VCU QATAR, DOHA
4 September - 24 october 2013
HASSAN HAJJAJ, 'MY ROCK STARS EXPERIMENTAL, VOLUME I', VIDEO, 29 MINS 51 SEC. 2012
The Gallery at VCUQatar is pleased to present ‘My Rock Stars: Volume 1’, by acclaimed London-based Moroccan artist/photographer Hassan Hajjaj.
The exhibition is scheduled from 4 September to 24 October 2013 with an opening reception on Wednesday, 4 September at 6:00pm at the Gallery at VCUQatar. The event is open to the public.
'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. Created using a pop up studio erected on the streets of Morocco, London, Paris and Kuwait, the series is simultaneously an haute-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. This exhibition also features a film on the Rockstar Series which has been provided courtesy of Rose Issa Projects, London.
"Hassan Hajjaj has brought the most dynamic life, energy and excitement to VCUQatar. And it’s an infectious energy - his work has the ability to affect you, and I have yet to see someone leave the gallery without smiling,” says Caitlin Doherty, exhibition and speaker curator at VCUQatar.
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