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Hassan Hajjaj | Dakka Marrakesh (exhibition)

Solo show at Leighton House Museum. 2008
Date: 10 September, 2008 until 5 October, 2008
Curator: Rose Issa/Juliet Cestar
Organiser: Rose Issa

Major solo exhibition by Hassan Hajjaj, a British/Moroccan artist who divides his time between the two cities of London and Marrakesh.

Through the work in this exhibition - photographs, portraits, assemblage sculpture - Hajjaj asserts that he and other Moroccans inhabit cultural and social worlds that are every bit as complex and multilayered as those lived by people in the West. Simultaneously however, Hajjaj delights in utilising in his art symbols, motifs and icons of his native Morocco that signify difference. Chief amongst these, perhaps, are his photographs of veiled women of different ages and the liberal use of Arabic text and script within his assemblage sculpture and collages.

As Rose Issa, the exhibition’s organiser and co-curator stated in the exhibition catalogue: “Feeding off clichéd images, such as the veiled Muslim woman, at first glance Hajjaj seems to be creating Orientalist fantasies. Only on closer inspection do we see that the veils and jelabbah worn by his subjects are covered in fashion logos, thus forcing the viewer to question the very nature of stereotyping.

In one image, Ilham, a woman reclines on cushions in a room reminiscent of an Oriental harem. However, unlike the usually demure odalisques of art history, this one stares back at us, oozing with self-confidence. In Saeda, a pair of heavily made-up eyes gaze at the camera. The remainder of the head and face are hidden behind a “Louis Vuitton’ veil. Bejewelled hands painted with traditional henna cover Saeda’s ears. She is confident, relaxed “ suspended somewhere between the traditional and modern, between East and West.”

 

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»  Hassan Hajjaj

Born, 1961 in Larache, Morocco

»  Rose Issa

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»  Leighton House Museum

London, United Kingdom

Rose Issa

Rose Issa is a London-based curator and writer, focussing on artists of the Arab world - both those of the region itself and those whose homes are in cities such as London. A prolific curator, she has been responsible for a large number of curatorial projects, including a major solo exhibition by Hassan Hajjaj, a British/Moroccan artist who divides his time between the two cities of London and Marrakesh. (Hassan Hajjaj; Dakka Marrakesh, Leighton House Museum, 10 September - 5 October 2008).

www.roseissa.com

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London, United Kingdom

Routes

Group show at Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, London WC1. 1999
Date: 22 January, 1999 until 26 March, 1999
Curator: Rose Issa

Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, was the venue for Routes, an exhibition of sculptures, paintings and drawings by Godfried Donkor, Juginder Lamba, Hew Locke, Johannes Phokela and Frances Richardson. It was curated by Rose Issa. Precise dates were not given in the catalogue, but the exhibition took place 22 January - 26 March 1999. The exhibition was dedicated to Philip L. Ravenhill, chief curator of the National Museum of African Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, who had died unexpectedly in 1997 at his home in Washington DC. He was 52.

The exhibition’s full title/sub title was Routes: Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbour’s Idols. According to the catalogue’s introduction by Issa, the Routes exhibition was held to “reveal some of the complexities, contradictions, and opportunities that emerge from a cross cultural society, and unsettles many assumptions about ‘black art’ “.

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»  Godfried Donkor

Born, 1964 in Kumasi, Ghana

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Born, 1948 in Nairobi, Kenya

»  Hew Locke

Born, 1959 in Edinburgh

»  Johannes Phokela

Born, 1966 in Soweto, South Africa

»  Frances Richardson

Born, 1965 in Leeds

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