Where: Somerset House, London
Pictures Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Open: Wednesday -Friday 11.00 -20.00, Saturday –Tuesday 10.00 -18.00
Price: Free Admission
British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj, opens his first solo UK exhibition in seven years at Somerset House. Hajjaj was born in Larache and moved to the UK at the age of 12, and has since spent much of his life navigating a dual-identity, travelling between two countries and cultures. His photography is an echo of his nomadic lifestyle.
Hajjaj’s art disciplines extend to design, fashion and film, with a career spanning over three decades his artwork is celebrated as it distinctly subverts preconceived notions of the Arab world, highlighting the parallels between east and west.
La Caravane is part retrospective, part new material and spans across three rooms in the South Wing of Somerset House. It showcases an eclectic fusion of subcultures, from female bikers in hijab, belly dancing men, henna girls and street performers. The glossy aesthetic of his work is infused with a bold palette, which incorporates patterned textiles, clothes, props, and furniture that make for a playful, yet memorable sight as his works challenge perceptions of identity constructs.
Words: Maggie Ibiam
Khadija, Hassan Hajjaj, 2010