Moroccan born photographer Hassan Hajjaj, grew up in London where he was heavily influenced by clubbing, hip-hop, and reggae. After leaving school, Hajjaj was unemployed and between various jobs for five to six years, at which point he learned “how not to be scared of doing stuff, of failing.”
In his series, “Kesh Angels” which features the female motorcyclists of Marakesh, Hajjaj uses his friends as models, and designs their outfits with traditional prints and counterfeit brand-name fabrics. The frames for these pictures are created from found objects like cans of Fanta, boxes of chicken stock, and LEGOs with Arabic lettering.
The exhibit is on display at Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York through March 7th.
- “My Rock Stars: Experimental, Volume 1” (video work), LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (Dec 2013/Jul 2014)
- “Kesh Angels”, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (Jan 2014/Mar 2014)
- “My Rock Stars, Volume 2”, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles (Jan/Feb 2014)
- “Fotofest 2014 Biennal: Contemporary Arab Photographic Art”, Houston, Texas (Mar/Apr 2014)