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Hassan Hajjaj was born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco and moved to London in 1973. He now works in between London and Marrakesh. He has established an international following for his photography, and his work features in several prestigious public and private collections worldwide. He also won the Sovereign Art Foundation Middle East and African Art Prize 2011 and was shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 2009 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, which toured to Riyadh, Damascus, Beirut, Casablanca, Istanbul and Tehran.


Hajjaj's most recent solo shows include "Hassan Hajjaj", at the Maison Marocaine de la Photographie, Paris (2019); "My Rock Stars" at the Newark Museum, USA (2015): "My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1", Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, USA (2015) and LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (2013-2014); “’Kesh Angels”, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2014); “My Rock Stars, Volume 2”, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); and “Fotofest 2014 Biennal: Contemporary Arab Photographic Art”, Houston, Texas.

Hajjaj has also appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including "Arabicity/Ourouba" at the MEI, Washington DC, USA (2019); 'Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East', LACMA, Los Angeles, USA (2015); "Making Africa", Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain and Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (2015); "Against Nature", Photo50, London, UK (2015); "More Material", Salon94, New York; "Special Flag", l¹Atelier 21, Casablanca, Morocco; "Fluid Form II", Busan Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2014); the Marrakesh Biennale, Gueliz, Marrakesh (2014); "The Future of Fashion is Now", Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2014); "True to Life? New Photography of the Middle East", Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK; International Photo Festival, Knokke-Heist, Belgium (2014); "Fotofest 2014 Biennial - Contemporary Arab Photographic Art", Houston, Texas (2014); "10 photographes contemporains marocains", Marrakesh Museum for Photography and the Visual Arts (MMP+) at the El Badi Palace, Marrakesh (2013); “Vogue: the Arab Issue” at the Middle East Film Festival, Aria Art Gallery, Florence (2013); “My Rock Stars: Volume 1” at The Third Line Gallery, Dubai (2012); “Marque Deposée”, Matisse Gallery, Marrakesh (2011); “’Kesh Angels”, Rose Issa Projects, London (2010); “My Beautiful Rubbish”, Freies Museum, Berlin (2010); “1430 in Casa”, Bab Hotel, Marrakesh (2010); “Dakka Marrakesh” at the “Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie de Bamako”, Musée National du Mali (2009); “1430 in Casa”, Matisse Gallery, Casablanca (2009); “Dakka Marrakesh”, Rose Issa Projects at Leighton House Museum, London (2008); “Hassan Hajjaj”, The Third Line, Dubai (2007); “Graffix From The Souk” (Institut Francais, London, 2003; Taros, Essaouira, Morocco, 2002; Apart Gallery, London, 2001); and “Pop Art In The Kasbah”, Ministero del Gusto Gallery, Marrakesh (2000).

Hajjaj has also appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including the Marrakesh Biennale, Gueliz, Marrakesh (2014); International Photo Festival, Knokke-Heist, Belgium (2014); "Fotofest 2014 Biennial - Contemporary Arab Photographic Art", Houston, Texas (2014); "10 photogrphes contemporains marocains" Marrakesh Museum for photography and the Visual Arts (MMP+) at the El Bsdi Palace, Marrakesh (2013); "Au Bazar du Genre, Féminin – Masculin en Méditerranée", Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM), Marseille (2013); "Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1", Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (2013), Doha; “Syri-Arts” at the Beirut Exhibition Centre, Lebanon (2013); “In the Name of Honour”, Christie’s, London (2013); “Beyond the Cloth: The Kafiye Project”, White Box Projects, New York (2013); “Africa Centre Festival: Photography Exhibition”, Africa Centre, London (2013); Tunisia Fashion Week, Tunis (2013); "Light from the Middle East - New Photography", Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2012-13); “Re-Orientations”, Rose Issa Projects, London (2012); “Moroccan Contemporary Art, Doha, Qatar (2012); “Daba Maroc” Brussels (2012); “Between Walls”, Rabat. Morocco (2012); “London Twelve”, City Gallery, Prague (2012); “The Bravery of Being Out of Range II”, Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2012); “Mi Casa Tu Casa”, Marrakesh Art Biennale, Morocco (2012); “ReUse 5.0”, Envearth, Kuwait (2012); “Aurs Al Arab”, Oltre Dimore Gallery, Bologna (2012); “The Apart London Summer Show”, Apart Gallery, London (2011); “Photoquai”, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris (2011); “Africa - See You, See Me”, Fondazione Studio Maragoni, Florence (2011, and Museu Da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal, 2010); “Play Ground”, New Walk Way Museum, Leicester (2011); “Le Salon for the Jameel Prize”, La Villa des Arts, Casablanca, Morocco (2011), which travelled from the Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul (2010), Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, UAE (2010), National Museum, Beiteddine Palace, Lebanon (2010), National Museum, Damascus (2010), National Museum, Riyadh (2010) and Victoria & Albert, London (2009); “Collective Design”, Albareh Art Café, Manama, Bahrain (2010); “Arabicity”, Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon (2010); “Always Moving Forward”, Gallery 44, Toronto (2010); ; “Icons Reloaded”, Elysée Arts, Liege, Belgium (2009); “Re-Orientations”, Rose Issa Projects at the European Parliament, Brussels (2008); “Mediterraneo”, Italian Cultural Institute, London and “The Liverpool Arabic Art Festival” (both 2008); Christie’s Gallery, Dubai and Sotheby’s, London (both 2007); “Social System”, Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance (2007); “Contemporary African Visual Arts, Painting & Furniture”, the British Museum, London (2005); “Africa Remix”, Hayward Gallery, London (2005); and “Black British Style”, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2004).

He has featured in numerous international publications, including Hassan Hajjaj: Photography, Fashion, Film, Design (Rose Issa Projects, 2014): African Textiles today by Chris Spring (2013, Britihs Museum Press, London); Arab Photogrpahy Now, by Rose Issa & Michket Krifa (2011, Kehrer Publications, Heidelberg); Modern Ethno Interiors by Daab Media (2008, Daab Media, Cologne); New Club Design by Bethan Ryder (Laurence King Publishing, 2005), and Abitare, Alef, Art Investment, Canvas, Contemporary Practices, Elle, The Evening Standard, Frame Magazine, Gulf News, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire Maison, Modern Painters, and L’Officiel.

His work is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; The Nasher Museum, Duke University, North Carolina; the Newark Museum, New Jersey; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; Institut des Cultures d¹ Islam, Paris; Wedge Collection, Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunisia; Farjam Collection, Dubai; Barjeel Collection, Sharjah.


by hassan hajjaj: photography, fashion, film, design
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