The MEP is delighted to present Hassan Hajjaj’s first retrospective in France by giving him carte blanche to re-think all of our spaces.
This major exhibition, reflecting a 30-year career, feature all of Hajjaj’s most important photographic series as well as video works, sculptural installations and furniture.
His works highlight the artist’s interest in the world of fashion and clothes— as well as its contradictions ; his critical point of view on consumer society ; questions of identity, in particular, with his singular view on the wearing of the veil, or the daily life of the people he meets, in the street in Morocco or elsewhere.
Hassan Hajjaj is also inviting to two Moroccan artists who present their work successively in the Studio: Zahrin Kahlo (11.09-13.10) and Lamia Naji (18.10-17.11).
The educational spaces in the MEP’s basement also include a studio where visitors can take photos in front of a wall of wallpaper, the symbolic and usual setting for Hassan Hajjaj’s photographs. Finally, the MEP’s new bookshop presents a range of clothing and decorative objects made by the artist. A self-taught artist, Hassan Hajjaj does not restrict himself to any particular genre or form.
Born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco, Hassan Hajjaj mooves to London in 1973. He has since lived and worked between the two countries. He is as much influenced by the London cultural and musical scene as by his North African heritage. His artistic universe reflects his ability to create bridges between these two cultures, by bringing together styles, universes and icons.