On 5 October, Somerset House ￼￼￼￼and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair are set to launch Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane.
The first solo show in the UK in seven years by Hassan Hajjaj, Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane is described by Somerset House this morning in a press release as “a homecoming exhibition of the British-Moroccan artist”.
Born in Morocco, aged 12, Hassan Hajjaj then moved to London. He now lives and works between Marrakesh and London. Hassan’s highly distinctive, boldly patterned work across photographic portraits, sculpture, music, design, objects and video installations reflects this “neb-nomadic lifestyle”, clashing North African culture with characteristically Western imagery.
The exhibition will include Hassan’s signature photographic portraits, including the series Kesh Angels which brings ￼￼￼￼”the glossy aesthetic of a fashion shoot” together with “Moroccan traditional and street culture”, in the process questioning Western criticisms of the hijab.
To celebrate the exhibition and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House has commissioned a flag to fly over its iconic courtyard by British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong, one of Somerset House Studios’ original residents. The flag considers Afro-futurism and African diasporic identity, with a design which represents Africa’s 54 countries through stars and a red, green and yellow gold colour palette.
- Photographer Peter Anderson on his experiments with a Widelux camera and their "wonderful distortions"
- "We are visual storytellers": studio Córdova Canillas talks us through the redesign of Fucking Young! magazine
- A sneak peak into Patrick Kyle’s new comic, Night Door
- Liam Cobb illustrates the collapse of the Heygate Estate in latest comic Conditioner
- “Imagination doesn’t compare to our real life design history”: Annie Atkins on the art of graphic design for film
- X-Rated Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s celebrates gloriously crude B-movie artwork
- The New York Times Magazine’s new cover is actually a painting
- BBC’s new typeface BBC Reith is designed to improve legibility on screen
- “It needs to be normalised that women masturbate”: meet illustrator Jordyn McGeachin
- Life through the lens of enchanting photographer Vicki King
- Six months in the (enviable) life of photographer Ryan Lowry
- We get to know hilarious and thoughtful illustrator, Ruby Etc