All posts tagged: rose issa projects

REPRESENT I – Hassan Hajjaj

REPRESENT I – the first part in a FNND series of profiles of artists represented by galleries in Dubai.  Artist and designer Hassan Hajjaj – represented by The Third Line Born in Larache, Morocco, in 1961, Hassan Hajjaj left Morocco for London at an early age. Heavily influence by the club, hip-hop, and reggae scenes of London as well as by his North African heritage, Hajjaj is a self-taught and thoroughly versatile artist whose work includes portraiture, installation, performance, fashion, and interior design, including furniture made from recycled utilitarian objects from North Africa, such as upturned Coca-Cola crates as stools and aluminium cans turned into lamps. Turning to photography in the late 80s, Hajjaj is a master portraitist, taking studio portraits of friends, musicians, and artists, as well as strangers from the streets of Marrakech, often wearing clothes designed by the artist. These colourful and engaging portraits combine the visual vocabulary of contemporary fashion photography and pop art, as well as the studio photography of African artist Malick Sidibe, in an intelligent commentary on the influences …

FNND focus on Art Dubai 2014

It is always interesting to see the clean edit of a gallery’s rota of artists in the commercial element of an art fair … but the fun stuff happens in the rapid exchanges of information, the intense but fleeting conversations, and importantly – the non-profit sections/projects. As Art Dubai develops its non-profit areas each year, the programming has, perhaps inevitably, become more rigorous. Its geographical location – at the crossroads of cultures, aesthetics, politics and religions –  gives it a unique position to shed light on some new and relatively un-explored territories when it comes to contemporary art but also, to initiate some weighty discussions. The Art Dubai team seem to make the most of every opportunity that a commercial fair in a burgeoning art scene can provide, building a non-profit programme that stretches from newly commissioned works in incubus stages to a series of public talks, radio station, book launches and performances. Drawing on the conversations and connections that are made and grow year on year, it has become not only a fair that attracts increasingly established galleries, but also a meeting place …