Past Exhibition / Hassan Hajjaj

My Rock Stars: Volume 1

September 12 - October 18, 2012

  • HH_My Rockstars

  • Hassan Hajjaj _My Rockstars -Volume 1_Installation View

  • Hassan Hajjaj _My Rockstars -Volume 1_Installation View2

  • HH_Aka Momo _2011_Metallic Lambda Print On Dibond With Wood & Found Objects Frame _133x 94cm _650

  • HH_Cisco _2012_Metallic Lambda Print On Dibond With Wood & Plastic Mat Frame _136x 101cm _650

  • HH_Helen P.J.I_2011_Metallic Lambda Print On Dibond With Wood & Found Objects Frame _136x 93cm _650

  • HH_Joe Casely -Hayford _2012_Metallic Lambda Print On Dibond With Wood & Plastic Mat Frame _136x 101cm _650

Images

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.