“…The musicians bridge the gap between now and then, us and them, high and low culture, reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary art and performance.” —Los Angeles County Museum Of Art
Photographer, designer and filmmaker Hassan Hajjaj uses the language of fashion photography to produce portraits of figures dressed in colorful North African fabrics with luxury brand clothes and shoes.
For his L.A. appearance, Hajjaj will premiere the first ever live musical presentation of his video installation, My Rock Stars.
The selected “rock stars” include Afrikan Boy, a grime MC originally from Nigeria now based in London; contemporary African acoustic jazz/folk/soul singer-songwriter Bumi; artists, musicians and sisters Abimaro & Lakwena; Marques Toliver, a songwriter, producer, violinist and vocalist from Daytona Beach, FL; New York City-based jazz and hip hop vocalist José James; and Simo Lagnawi, a Moroccan berber now settled in the UK who is steeped in the Gnawa trance music of North Africa.
A photographer, designer and filmmaker, Hassan Hajjaj is one of Morocco’s preeminent international artists, sometimes called his native country’s answer to Andy Warhol.
Entirely self-taught and influenced by a mix of London’s hip-hop and reggae scenes and his North African heritage, Hajjaj has a diverse practice that includes portraiture, installation, performance, fashion and furniture design. He is best known for his photography, a medium he turned to in the late 1980s and in which he draws influence from Pop Art, fashion photography and the studio work of Malick Sidibe.
His recent work centers on “rock stars,” capturing a range of international musicians and performers in exquisitely composed, radically ornate portraits (and in a film that debuted at LACMA in 2013).
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