Hassan Hajjaj
My Rock Stars: Volume 1

Hassan Hajjaj
My Rock Stars: Volume 1

The Third Line

Hassan Hajjaj, Caravan, 2011. Metallic Lambda Print on Dibond,
136 x 93.5 cm. Courtesy of The Third Line and the artist.
September 11, 2012

Hassan Hajjaj
My Rock Stars: Volume 1

September 12–October 18, 2012

The Third Line
Al Quoz 3, Dubai, UAE

T +9714 3411 367

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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.

Christopher Spring, curator of the North, East and South Africa at The British Museum explains “the key word in the title is ‘My’ because these are not all global superstars by any means, except in Hassan’s eyes, of course. He is the alchemist who transforms them, on one level, by the simple addition of his signature sunglasses, socks, hats or suits made of flour sacks. On a deeper level the transformation is through the lens of Hassan’s camera, for these images also represent a tribute to the great studio masters of photography in Africa—Keïta, Sidibé and particularly Samuel Fosso.”

Much like Hajjaj’s personal exploration, the photographic series, is an ongoing 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.

About Hassan Hajjaj
Hassan Hajjaj’s work encompasses many techniques and fields, from designing and producing furniture including lamps, stools, poufs made from recycled North African artifacts such as upturned Coca-Cola crates as stools, road signs turned into tables tops as well as custom made clothes and photography.

His work is in the permanent collection of the Farjam Collection, Dubai; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Institut des Cultures d’ Islam, Paris; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunisia; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia; and the Wedge Collection, Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto. The artist now lives and works between London, England and Marrakech, Morocco.

About The Third Line
The Third Line is an art gallery that represents contemporary Middle Eastern artists locally, regionally and internationally, with a gallery space in Dubai. In addition to on-going exhibitions, The Third Line hosts non-profit, alternative programs to increase interest and debate in the region.

Represented artists include: Abbas Akhavan, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Arwa Abouon, Babak Golkar, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Farhad Moshiri, Fouad Elkoury, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Hayv Kahraman, Huda Lutfi, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Lamya Gargash, Laleh Khorramian, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Shirine Guirguis, Shirin Aliabadi, Slavs and Tatars, Susan Hefuna, Tarek Al- Ghoussein and Youssef Nabil.

Media contact
Farah Kaysi – Communications Manager: farah [​at​] thethirdline.com / T +9714 341 1367




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