Karima: screening and Q&A with Hassan Hajjaj // GPP Photo Week

Friday 10th February 2017 – 7pm
The Yard, Alserkal Avenue

In celebration of all things photography, join us for a screening of Karima: A Day in the Life of A Henna Girl directed by Photographer Hassan Hajjaj on the opening night of GPP Photo Week by Gulf Photo Plus. The screening is part of our ongoing program Work in Progress in collaboration with Alserkal Avenue.

The documentary follows Hajjaj’s favorite ‘Kesh Angel’ character: Karima, who is a mother, wife, artist, henna artist, local icon and graduate of what he calls “Jemaa el Fna: the university of street life”

The film will be followed by a conversation with Hassan Hajjaj and Karima herself, moderated by Sofiane Si Merabet, cultural cartographer and Founder of The Confused Arab.

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.

Hassan Hajjaj

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.

Presented by Alserkal Avenue

Presented by Gulf Photo Plus

Presented by The Third Line

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