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Hassan Hajjaj
Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan HajjajHassan Hajjaj
Hassan Hajjaj
RVB Books


192 Pages
230 x 330
ISBN 9791090306912


Anglo-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj blends artistic themes and genres from the diverse range of his influences. The universe he creates is whimsical and eccentric, initiating a dialogue between tradition and modernity, between culture and pop culture. Known for his highly colorful portraits teetering between documentary and fashion photography, Hajjaj also integrates African prints and fabrics, canned products and manipulated logos into his compositions. He thus develops a kind of visual re-appropriation of global consumer products and presents a critical interpretation of oriental exoticism.This book, simply titled Hassan Hajjaj, and published in light of the artist’s retrospective at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in September 2019, is the first major monograph of his work. It contains all his best-known and celebrated series as well as his previously unpublished black and white work.

About the Artist
Hassan Hajjaj is a Moroccan contemporary artist who lives and works between London, UK and Marrakesh, Morocco. Hassan Hajjaj’s exuberant portraits capture the cultural multiplicity that animates the streets of Morocco, where the artist grew up. Hajjaj’s practice spans myriad disciplines including sculpture, video, fashion, photography, and performance, but he is perhaps best known for his bright photographs of stylishly dressed subjects who pose in front of patterned backgrounds. The artist places his pictures in custom frames that feature borders inset with commercial goods such as cans of tomato sauce or motor oil. Thanks to his expansive approach to medium and inventive juxtapositions of North African culture and Western iconography, Hajjaj has garnered comparisons to iconoclasts and Pop phenoms such as Andy Warhol. He has exhibited in New York, London, Paris, Marrakesh, Dubai, Berlin, and Los Angeles. His work belongs in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden in Marrakesh, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

About the Publisher
RVB Books is both an independent publisher dedicated to designing and printing unique fine arts books and a gallery featuring exhibitions on new editorial practices.

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