Friday 10th February 2017 – 7pm
The new program will be a window of adventure, joy, tears and drama as experienced and brought to life by characters and their storytellers. Forceful documentaries, boisterous tales and socioculturally reflective dramas – the third season sheds light to films that are true to Warehouse421’s dedication to the celebration of cultural production from across the region.
A selection of Hassan’s works will be exhibited at The Third Line, Gallery 2, from February 10th onwards. On February 11th, visit Karima at her henna station from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at The Third Line.
Hassan will also be part of a panel on fine art photography as well as Slidefest that will take place the following day on February 11th at Alserkal Avenue as part of the GPP Photo Week program. More details on GPP’s website.
Known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech” Hajjaj is very much a child of the pop art generation. His work encompass many techniques and fields, from designing and producing furniture including lamps, stools, poufs made from recycled North African objects such as upturned Coca-Cola crates as stools, road signs turned into tables tops as well as custom made clothes and photography.
Hajjaj is best known for designing the ‘Andy Wahloo’ bar-restaurant in Paris in 2003, for which he decked out the entire establishment in his trademark style of recycled North Africa objects. ‘Andy Wahloo’ acknowledges one of his favorite artists, Andy Warhol, but also at the same time refers to a Parisian slang term meaning ‘I have nothing’ adopted by Hajjaj as a way of describing his work. Hajjaj’s designed spaces also include The Riad Yima guest house, an old funduq in Marrakesh in which five bedrooms, salon and terraces have been festooned in his furniture design and products. He has received the French award ‘Fooding 2003’ for the best restaurant design for this.
Hajjaj’s selected solo shows include: La Salle de Gym des Femmes Arabes, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2016); Hassan Hajjaj, My Rock Stars Experimental, Vol.1, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA (2015); Kesh Angels, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, USA (2014); My Rock Stars: Volume 2, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2014); My Rock Stars: Volume 1, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA (2014, travelled from The Third Line, Dubai, and Virginia Commonwealth University, USA); Kesh Angels, Rose Issa Projects, London (2010); Fashion in Motion, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2005).
Hajjaj’s work has been exhibited internationally in many high profile exhibitions including Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton Museum, UK (2016); Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA (2015); True to Life?-New Photography from the Middle East, Birmingham of Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2014); Light from the Middle East, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2013); We are not Witches, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010); Africa Remix, Hayward Gallery, London (2005) and Contemporary African Visual Arts, British Museum, London (2005).
Hassan Hajjaj’s works have been acquired by Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the British Museum, London.
The artist lives and works between London, England and Marrakech, Morocco.
Alserkal Avenue is the region’s foremost arts and culture neighbourhood located in Al Quoz, Dubai. Since it was established in 2007, Alserkal Avenue has grown to become an essential platform for the development of homegrown artistic and cultural initiatives, supporting a vibrant community of contemporary art galleries and alternative art spaces, together with design, media and industrial studios. In 2015 Alserkal Avenue began introducing its own homegrown programme as an arts organization, dedicated to encouraging new ideas, open dialogue and a more diverse and rich ecosystem for art in the region.
GPP is a photography centre at the heart of the Middle East’s community providing photography education through courses, tours, resources, exhibitions and events. It hosts the annual GPP Photo Week 2017; the MENA region’s longest-running international photography festival. Packed with exhibitions, photo walks, special events, and workshops led by the world’s leading photographers, it is a week uniquely designed to inspire, challenge, and connect photographers and enthusiasts from around the globe.
About The Third Line is a Dubai based art gallery that represents contemporary Middle Eastern artists locally, regionally and internationally.
The Third Line also hosts non-profit, alternative programs to increase interest and dialogue in the region. The Third Line’s book wing Works on Paper publishes books by associated artists from the region. Books published to date include Presence by photographer Lamya Gargash (2008), In Absentia by Tarek Al-Ghoussein (2009), Cosmic Geometry, an extensive monograph on Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Karen Marta (2011), and the self-titled treatise Huda Lutfi about the artist’s Cairo based practice. Represented artists include: Abbas Akhavan, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Arwa Abouon, Babak Golkar, Farah Al Qasimi, Farhad Moshiri, Fouad Elkoury, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Hayv Kahraman, Huda Lutfi, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Laleh Khorramian, Lamya Gargash, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Sahand Hesamiyan, Sara Naim, Sherin Guirguis, Shirin Aliabadi, Slavs and Tatars, Sophia Al-Maria, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Youssef Nabil and Zineb Sedira.