Hassan Hajjaj’s exhibition “Stylin’” has started until August 27th at colette in Paris. Artist and photographer Hajjaj has always documented people he encountered or shared a part of his life journey with, capturing them with vibrancy, humour and spontaneity in his highly propped shots.
These colourful and engaging portraits combine the visual vocabulary of fashion photography and pop art, as well as the heritage of studio photography of African artists such as Malick Sidibeé and Seydou Keïta, in an intelligent commentary on the influences of tradition and customisation, the interpretations of high and low branding and the effects of global capitalism and consumerism.
While challenging the notions of fashion icon within contemporary culture, Hajjaj creates strong visually impacting images. Hajja’s images are bright, bold and assertive, but most importantly vital. There is something about Hajjaj’s entourage, friends or family, a bunch of designers, filmmakers, musicians, artists striking a style and a pose, appearing both absolute and provocative, as if in the pages of a fantasy fashion magazine.
Hassan Hajjaj “Stylin’”
Date: July 4th – August 27th, 2016
Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Sunday)
Address: 213 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 5535 3390
Text: Aya Shomura