03 March 2014
Moroccan-born, UK-based Hassan Hajjaj is exhibiting for the first time in New York with Taymour Grahne Gallery. ‘Kesh Angels sheds light on Moroccan street culture and pays tribute to the biker culture of young women in Marrakesh. “His confident, upbeat portraits of young women wearing veils and djellabah while posing on motorcycles subvert preconceived notions of Arab women; his subjects are traditionally clad but defiantly modern, bearing bright smiles and the markers of youth, independence, celebration, and fun.” I love the colors Hassan chose for the backgrounds in the photos, the bright hues create a stark contrast to the patterns on the women’s clothing. Combining the personal with the political, he invites his audience to see a cultural niche that few know exists. The show runs until March 7th. Definitely a show to check out while running around the city this Armory week.