Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, an exhibition on view now, featuring a three-channel video installation by the artist.

Hassan Hajjaj, still from My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, Boubacar Kafando, 2012, Purchased with funds provided by Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY, courtesy of Rose Issa

Hassan Hajjaj, still from My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, Boubacar Kafando, 2012, Purchased with funds provided by Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY, courtesy of Rose Issa

My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1 includes nine separately filmed performances by an international array of musicians—Hajjaj’s “rock stars.” The performers wear clothes that the artist designed himself and pose in spaces covered by patterns he selected. Clad in traditional fabrics, as well as luxury-brand clothes and shoes, the musicians bridge the gap between now and then, us and them, and high and low culture, thus reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary art.

Hassan Hajjaj was born in Larache, a small harbor town in northern Morocco; he moved to London as a teenager and now divides his time between London and Marrakesh. Best known as a photographer, Hajjaj has recently turned to video to depict a globalized society in which the margins of cultural identity—whether African, Arab, or European—are continuously shifting and blurred. Some of his sitters are deliberately clothed or framed to create a conscious friction with Western stereotypes. Clad in traditional fabrics, clothes, and shoes (often branded with Louis Vuitton or Nike logos), and posed in the manner of international fashion models, his subjects bridge gaps, reflecting a brilliant fusion of Moroccan street style and contemporary art.

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