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HASSAN HAJJAJ

Born in 1961
Lives in London, UK and Marrakesh, Morocco

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2016

Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN


La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
My Rock Stars, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

2015

My Rock Stars, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA


Untitled Miami, Taymour Grahne Gallery, Miami, FL
Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University,
Columbus, Ohio

2014

Kesh Angels, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, NY


My Rock Stars, Volume 2, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, 2012, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los
Angeles, California

2013

Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, 2012, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los
Angeles, California
My Rock Stars, Volume 1, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
Vogue: The Arab Issue, Middle East Film Festival, Aria Art Gallery, Florence, Italy
Marrakesh Biennale, Marrakesh, Morocco
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, 1:54 Forum, Somerset House, London, UK

2012

My Rockstars: Volume 1, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE


Medina, Marrakesh, Moracco
Mi Casa es tu Casa, Marrakech Biennale 4, Marrakesh Morocco

2011

Marque Depose, Matisse Gallery, Marrakesh, Morocco


Mi Casa Tu Casa, Matisse Gallery, Marrakesh, Morocco

2010

Kesh Angels, Rose Issa Projects, London, UK


My Beautiful Rubbish, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany

1430 in Casa, Bob Hotel, Marrakesh, Morocco


2009

1430 in Casa, Matisse Gallery, Casablanca, Morocco


Dakka Marrakesh, for the 8th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennial, Bamako, Mali
Le Salon, The Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

2008

Reuse 2.0, El boutique at Lothan Exhibition Space, Kuwait


Dakka Marrakesh, Leighton House Museum, London, UK
Noss Noss: Photographic Works and Other Moroccan Stories, The Third Line, Doha, Qatar

2007

Noss Noss: Photographic Works and Other Moroccan Stories, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

2006

Riad Yima, Marrakech, Moracco

2005

Arabic Film Posters, Dar Sharfia, Marrakesh, Morocco


Fashion in Motion, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Salon Enrique, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
Africa Remix, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

2004

Graffix from The Souk, Dar Sharfia, Marrakesh, Morocco

2003

Graffix from The Souk, Institut Francais, London, UK

2002

Graffix from The Souk, Taros, Essaouira, Morocco

2001

Graffix from The Souk, Apart Gallery, London, UK

2000

Pop Art in the Kasbah, Ministero del Gusto Gallery, Marrakesh, Morocco

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2016

Stylin by Hassan Hajjaj, Colette, Paris, France


Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton Museum, Brighton, UK
Made You Look Dandyism and Black Masculinity, The Photographers Gallery, London, UK
Islamic Art Now, Part 2: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA, Los Angeles
Colors of Gnaoua, Essaouira Gnawa Festival, Essaouira, Morocco
Making & Unmaking, Camden Art Center, London, UK

2015

The Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University,
Durham, NC
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK
Triennale de Milano, Art & Food Pavilion, Milan, Italy
Art Basel, The Third Line, Basel, Switzerland
Look at me Now!, Moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago, IL
Making Africa, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
A Curious Blindness, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Meet d3, Andy Wahloo Tent, Hassan Hajjaj + Mourad Mazouz, Dubai Design District, Dubai, UAE
View From Inside, Fotofest, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles,
California
Arts & Foods, Expo Milano, Triennale di Milano, Italy
Making Africa, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Against Nature, Photo50, London, UK

2014

Untitled Miami, Taymour Grahne Gallery, Miami, New York, NY


Memory, Place, Desire, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford University, Haverford, PA
Ftbol: The Beautiful Game, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Fluid Form II, Busan Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Addis Fotofest, Addis Abada, Ethiopia
Frieze New York, The Third Line, New York, NY
Marrakesh Biennale, Gueliz, Marrakesh
The Future of Fashion is Now, Museum Boijman Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
True to Life? - New Photography from the Middle East, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Fotofest 2014 Biennial Contemporary Arab Photographic Art, Houston, TX
International Photo Festival, Knokke-Hesit, Belgium
Staging Reality, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria
Magic of Persia, Los Angeles, CA
More Material, Salon 94, New York, NY
Special Flag, LAtelier 21, Casablanca, Morocco
10 Photographies Contemporains Marocains, Fondation Mohammed VI de Promotion des ceuvres Sociales
de lEducation, Rabat, Morocco

2013

Syri-Arts, Beirut Exhibition Centre, Beirut, Lebanon


In the Name of Honour, Christies, London, UK
Beyond the Cloth: The Kafiye Project, White Box Projects, New York, NY
Africa Centre Festival oography Exhibition, Africa Centre, London, UK
Au Bazar du Genre, MUCEUM (Musee des Civilisations de lEurope et de la Mediterranee,) Marseille, France

Chaos Into Clarity: Re-possessing a Funkdioning Utiopia, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
10 Photographies Contemporains Marocains, MMPVA, Marrakesh, Morocco
My Rockstars, Volume 1, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2012

Light from the Middle East, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Re-Orientations, Rose Issa Projects, London, UK
Moroccan Contemporary Art, Doha, Qatar
Le Salon, Daba Maroc, Brussels, Belgium
Between Walls, Matisse Gallery, Morocco
London Twelve, City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
The Bravery of Being Out of Range II, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Mi Casa es tu Casa, Marrakesh Art Biennale, Marrakesh, Morocco
ReUse 5.0, Envearth, Kuwait
Aurs Al Arab, OltreDimore Gallery, Bologna, Italy
#ComeTogether, Edge of Arabia, East London, UK

2011

The Apart London Summer Show, Apart Gallery, London, UK


Photoquai, Muse du Quai Branly, Paris, France
Africa: See You, See Me, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy
Play Ground, New Walk Museum, Leicester, UK
Le Salon, Jameel Art Prize, La Villa des Arts, Casablanca, Morocco
How I Learned to Stop Fearing and Love Exotic Art, JAMM Art, Kuwait

2010

Africa, See You, See Me, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal


Le Salon, Jameel Prize, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization,
Sharjah, UAE; National Museum, Beiteddine Palace, Beit Al Dine, Lebanon; National Museum of Damascus,
Damascus, Syria; National Museum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Arabicity: Such a Near East, Rose Issa Projects at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; Rose Issa Projects at Beirut
Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Collective Design, Albareh Art Caf, Manama, Bahrain
Always Moving Forward, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada
My Beautiful Rubbish, part of Twice is Too Much, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany
Les Veillees du Ramadan, Institut de Cultures dIslam, Les Salon installation part of the Festival, Paris, France
We Are Not Witches, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2009

Le Salon, Jameel Prize, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK


Icons Reloaded, Elyse, Liege, Belgium
Dakka Marrakesh, 8th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennial, Muse National du Mali,
Bamako, Mali

Exposition VII Art Collection, Luxembourg


Re-Orientations, Rose Issa Projects at the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
2008

Mediterraneo: A Sea that Unites, Italian Cultural Institute, London, UK


Exposition VI Art Collection, Luxembourg
Reuse 2.0, El boutique at Lothan Exhibition Space, Kuwait

2007

Social System, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, France

2005

Contemporary African Visual Arts, Painting & Furniture, The British Museum, London, UK
Fashion in Motion, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Sounds Africa, Part of the African Year Installation, Starbuck in Camden, London, UK

2004

Black British Style, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK


Graffix from The Souk, Artisania, Rabat, Saler, Morocco

2003

Graffix from The Souk, 5th Festival of Cultural Diversity, Institute Francaise, London, UK
Graffix from The Souk, Part of Moroccan Cultural Week in Covent Garden, London, UK

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016

Rosen, Sara. Everyday Heroes Become My Rock Stars, Crave, May 28, 2016.
Leiman, Layla. Meet the Love Child of East and West: Hassan Hajjajs Dazzling Multi-media Work,
Between 10and5, May 2016.
Hakojiecax, Marie Claire Ukraine, May 2016.
Beifuss, John. Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Bring North African Flavor to Memphis Brooks Museum
of Art, The Commercial Appeal, April, 2016.
Kalsi, Jyoti. Breaking Western Stereotypes About Arab Women, Gulf News, March 23, 2016.
Hassan Hajjajs Rock Stars, Canvas, January February 2016.
Laden, Tanja. East Meets West with this Warholesque Sensual Feast, Vice, January 2, 2016.

2015

McQuaid, Cate. Hajjajs Rollicking Rock Stars Exhibit Pops with Color, The Boston Globe, December
17, 2015.
Hansen, Erin. This Film Documents a Day in the Life of a Moroccan Biker Girl, The Fader, May 21,
2015
Lorch, Danna. The Secret Playlist, Selections, The Playtime Issue, #31, pg. 66
Bekhrad, Joobin. Karima Or A Day in the Life of A Henna Girl, Reorient, May 12, 2015
Petty, Felix. Looking Deeper into the World of Islamic Fashion, I-D UK

Okeke-Agulu, Chika. George Osodi and Hassan Hajjaj at the Newark Museum, Huffington Post,
March 2015
Baird, Nicola. Moroccos Andy Warhol, Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia, September October 2015
Cover: Hassan Hajjaj, Derrire le voile, VH Magazine, August-September, 2015
A Glimpse Into the Life of Hassan Hajjaj, HocTok, September, 2015
Keyte, Matthew. 10 North African Contemporary Artists You Need to Know, The Culture Trip,
September 1, 2015
Lim, Clarissa-Jan. These Female Bikers in Morocco Are the Epitome of Badassery, A Plus, July 16,
2015
Allah Mode, Stylist, France, July 2015
Symonds, Alexandria. Travel Diary: Mickelene Thomass Adventures in Italy, NYT T Magazine, June
17, 2015
Weber, Christopher. Art Basel: Sound and Fury, The Financial Times, June 12, 2015
Cotter, Holland. Review: A Curious Blindness at Wallach Gallery, The New York Times, May 7, 2015
Saeed, Saeed. Usher on his new album, songwriting progress, and whether there will be a UAE stop
on his next tour, The National, June 7, 2015
Mawazine Festival: Usher Hearts Morocco! Yeah, Albawaba, June 7, 2015
Chalbi, Mehdi. Mawazine: While in Rabat, singer Usher reveals his taste for contemporary Moroccan
art, AL Huffington Post, May 5, 2015
Forest, Nicolas. Sneak Peek: What to See in Art Basel in Basel 2015, Blouin ArtInfo, June 3, 2015.
Artist Beautifully Captures Bold Female Bikers in Morocco, Women in World In Association with the
New York Times, May 31, 2015
Lee, Joyce. Photos: The Colorful Female Bike Gangs of Marrakesh, Quartz, May 28, 2015
Insanally, Karenna. Exclusive: Hassan Hajjaj Schools us in Moroccan Street Style, Milk Made, May 4,
2015
Gatens, Katie. Biker Groove, British Airways High Life Magazine, May 2015
Minh Swenson, Eric. Paris Photo LA: Just Pick One, Honey, Huffington Post, May 6, 2015
Cooper, Anneliese. Barbies, Punks, and Astronauts: 7 Must-See Booths as Paris Photo Los Angeles,
Blouin Artinfo, May 1, 2015
Moore, Booth. A Stylish Eye at Paris Photo Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2015
The Editors of ArtNews. Morning Links: Eventually They Introduced Me Edition, ARTnews, April 28,
2015
Cascone, Sarah. Takashi Murakamis Jellyfish Eyes to Headline art, Artnet News, April 28, 2015
Baird, Nicola. Then and Now: Islamic Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art,
Reorient, February 16, 2015
Bendtsen, Daniel. Emerging Aesthetics of Globalism at the Heart of Hassan Hajjaj Exhibition, The
Lantern, February 5, 2015
Ononye, Ogonna. Wexner Center for the Arts Highlights Diverse Art Forms to Ring in 25 Years, The
Lantern, January 19, 2015

How to SeeBeyond the Cloth, Mental Floss Magazine, January February 2015
Brooks, Katherine. The 21 Art Exhibitions Youll Be Talking About This Year, The Huffington Post,
January 7, 2015
Bowcock, Simon. Photography in Focus: In Focus? Harpers Bazaar Art, January February 2015
2014

Smith, Alex, Photo: These Moroccan Suits Arent Just Cool, Theyre Political, RYOT, September 2014
Dyone, Jean Gilles, Libre Expressions, LOfficiel Maroc, June 2014, pg. 188-9
Smith, Amelia, MEMO: Fotofest international: view from inside 49 Arab photographers, 21st March,
2014
Mohammad, Arsalan. Hassan Hajjaj on Bringing the Noise, Kitsch, and Joie de Vivre from Morocco to
Miami Beach, Artsy, December 5, 2014
Rao, Mallika. These Portraits of Moroccan Hipsters are More Nuanced than they Look, The
Huffington Post, September 12, 2014
Turner, Jenna. My Rock Stars Experimental: Hassan Hajjaj Creates a Global Stage, National
Geographic, September 2, 2014
Carlos, Marjon. A First Look at Duro Olowus New Pop-Up Art Show, Vogue, June 26, 2014
Holden, Shannon. An Interview with Hassan Hajjaj, Nafas Art Magazine, April, 2014
Smith, Roberta. Review: Hassan Hajjaj Kesh Angels, The New York Times, February 28, 2014, p.
C23
Later, Paul. Hassan Hajjaj, Kesh Angels, Time Out New York, February 19, 2014, p.40.
Tan, Dion. Hassan Hajjaj And His Biker Kesh Angels At Taymour Grahne, Artinfo.com, Web,
February 10, 2014
Herriman, Kat. Moroccan Street Style, W Magazine, Web, February 19, 2014
Sayej, Nadja. The Motorcycle Gang Girls of Moroccco, Vice, Web, February 17, 2014
Jones, Jonathan. The Motorbike Girl Gangs of Morocco in pictures, The Guardian, February 7,
2014
Jones, Jonathan. Image of the week, The Guardian, February 7, 2014
Proctor, Rebecca Anne. Hassan Hajjajs Kesh Angels Shows at Taymour Grahne Gallery in New
York, Haute Living, January 31, 2014
Audeh, Joseph. Kesh Angels: Hassan Hajjaj at Taymour Grahne Gallery, Opening Ceremony, January
29, 2014.
Wender, Jessie. Kesh Angels, The New Yorker, January 28, 2014, p. 49
Cruz, Araceli. 10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: Wrestling Mania, Never Have I Ever, and Super
Bowl Fun, The Village Voice, January 28, 2014
Taymour Grahne Gallery Presents Hassan Hajjaj: Kesh Angels, Artdaily.org, Web, January 28, 2014.
Hassan Hajjaj and the Hells Angels of Marrakesh, BBC, January 27, 2014
Scarborough, James. Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars: Volume 2, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles,
Huffington Post, January 10, 2014
Ford, Tom M. The Look: Mr. Hassan Hajjaj, Mr Porter, The Journal, Web, January 21, 2014

Kim, Yu Yeon. Arab Contemporary Art, Fluid Form II, Web


2013

Tudor, Elisabeta. Hassan Hajjajs US Triple Threat, Style.com/Arabia, Web, December 30, 2013.
Khan, Sara. Insiders Guide to Marrakesh The Wall Street Journal, USA, Print and Web, December
14, 2013
Stevens, Tara. Marrakechs new art scene in the funky old medina, The Guardian, November 15,
2013
Highlights from Canvas Guide, Canvas, Vol. 9, Issue 3, November December, 2013, p. 52
Studio Tracks, Modern Painters, December, 2013
Three-channel video installation by Moroccan-born artist Hassan Hajjaj opens at LACMA, Artdaily.org,
Web, December 23, 2013

2012

Watt, Judit. Vogue Goes Pop, Vogue, UK, December 2012, p. 92


Reade, Orlando. Moroccan Rock Stars, The Guardian, October 25, 2012
Careless, Eleanor. Meet the Moroccan Artist Challenging Stereotypes Of Islamic Culture, TopMan
Magazine, Issue 04, March, 2012
Das, Jareh. The rise of photomontage in contemporary Middle Eastern art, Contemporary Practices,
Vol. X, 2012, p. 66-73

2011

Hassan Hajjaj, sacr meilleur photographe africain, Diptyk Magazine, December, 2011-January,
2012.
Roy, Hugues. Le Pape de L Arabo-Pop, Lofficiel, September, 2011, p. 66-69
Ractliffe, Joe. Kesh Angels, ZAM, September, 2011, p. 76-81
Betti. Hassan Hajjaj, Zoom, September, 2011, p. 76-81
Brownbook x Hypebeast, Video, February, 2011

2010

Belton, Padraig. The Jameel Prize, Oasis, Winter, 2010, p. 46-52


Zakharia, Sulaf. Shifting Boundaries, Nukta Art, October, 2010, p. 50-54
Carmichael, Kelly. Hassan Hajjaj Coca Cola Riad, Contemporary Practices, Vol. VII, October, 2010,
p. 158-165
Lord, Christopher. North Africa Rising, Brownbook, July, 2010, p. 40-41
Majzoub, Maha. Abayas, kohl boxes, dreadlocks + Andy Warhol: The hard hitting humor of MoroccanBritish artist Hassan Hajjaj, RAGMAG, January, 2010, p. 32-34
Special issue on Portrait, Zoom, No. 100, Autumn, 2010, p. 54-59
Kesh Angels, ZAM Africa Magazine, Netherlands, Issue 3, 2010, p. 44-49
Hassan Hajjaj-Portfolio, Marrakesh MAG, Issue 1, May 1, 2010, p. 50-61
Art Quarterly, The Magazine of the Art Fund, Spring, 2010, p. 38-39

2009

Louis, Jury. V&A Donors 25,000 Prize for Islamic Art, Evening Standard, January 26, 2009, p. 17

Buckle, Carrie. Meet the Moroccan Warhol, Harpers Bazaar, May, 2009, p. 147
Contemporary Art including Arab and Iranian Art, Sothebys, London, October, 2009
Bamako Encounters African Photography, Exhibition Catalog, Paris: Actes-Sud, 2009
2008

Review: Photography, Canvas, Vol. 4, May, 2008, p. 138 139


Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art, Sothebys, London, October, 2008
Ich & Kars Diary at MOMOs, Paris: PYARMYD, 2008
Kendall, Hynam. Candid Camera, Inside Out, March, 2008, p. 106-109
Lord, Christopher. Spotlight onHassan Hajjaj, Time Out, July, 2008
Westley, Hannah. Art Paris-Abu Dhabi, The National, November 17, 2008, p.5
Art Dubai, ArtCo, p. 140-147
Tei, Psei. Art Dubai, Art Investment (Hong Kong), 2008, p. 83-89
Making Pop Art for the Middle East, Brownbook, November-December, 2008, p. 32-33
Technicolour Dreams, Alef Magazine, Winter, 2007-2008, p. 58-69
Ball-Leschgar, Lisa. Street Chic, Canvas, July, 2008, p. 148-155
Modern Ethno Interiors, Cologne: Daab, 2008, p. 66-71

2007

Riad Royale, Elle Decoration, April, 2007, p. 39 40


Whos the Noss?, Modern Painters, December, 2007-January, 2008
Mohamed, Arsalan. Half Life, Time Out Dubai, November 22, 2007, p. 63.
Canvas, October, 2007, p. 68
Al-Turki, Abdullah. Al Sharq Al Wasat, 2007
Obeid, Maha. Hassan Links East and West with Art, Emirates Today, December 5, 2007
Battista, Kathy. Moroccan Role: The Wonderful World of Hassan Hajjaj, Culture, June, 2007, p. 1719
Jabara, Husam. Noss Noss, LOfficiele Hommes, November, 2007
LOfficiele Middle East, Issue 33, 2007, p. 116-188
Kalsi, Jyoti. Moroccan Mosaics, Gulf News, November 30, 2007, p, 17-19
Plunkett, Jane. Proving Faux can be Fun, 7 DAYS, November 27, 2007, p. 22
Maroc Moderne, Alef Magazine, Autumn, 2007, p. 172-82
International Modern and Contemporary Art, Christies, Dubai, February, 2007
Casa Da Abitare, Italy, February, 2007, p. 122-129
Marie Claire Maison, Issue 416, October 2007, p. 160-166
The Studio, London, Elle France, Issue 260, April 2007

2005

Ryder, Betham. New Bar and club design, London: Laurence King Publishing ltd., 2005, p. 44-45

2004

Ganizares, Ana G. Chill Out Space, Barcelona: Loft Publications, 2004

2003

Frame 34, September-October, 2003

HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS


2014

Certificate of Recognition by the City of Los Angeles, California

2011

The Sovereign African Art Prize, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009

Shortlisted for Jameel Prize, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

2003

Frame Magazine (Frame 34) Arabian nights recycling, Paris, France


Fooding 2003, Andy Wahloo Bar, Paris, France

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Barjeel Collection, Sharjah, UAE
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE
Institut des Cultures dIslam, Paris, France
Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunisia
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA
Wedge Collection, Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto, Canada