Sunday, June 5, 2016

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By ErnestGregory Disney-Britton
Hassan Hajjaj, Maalem Simo Lagnawi, 2010, Metallic lambda print on 3mm dibond, 53 1/2h x 39 5/8w in
In today's post, we introduce you to an Islamic artist whose photographs are energized with religious imagination. In the context of the upcoming holy month of Ramadan (June 5-July 5, 2016), his work is a perfect link between the past and present. Meet Hassan Hajjaj (b. 1961), a Moroccan-born contemporary artist. Entirely self-taught, his work is influenced by a mix of hip-hop, reggae, and his Islamic heritage. He is a photographer, filmmaker, and a designer. He is also widely known as “The Andy Warhol of Marrakech." This Ramadan, visit the recently re-opened Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis and experience the religious imagination of Hassan Hajjaj.

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Hassan Hajjaj, "Mr Toliver," 2010, Metallic lambda print on 3mm white Dibond, 53 1/2h x 39 5/8w in
Hassan Hajjaj, Luzmira, 2010, Metallic lambda print on 3mm dibond, 53 1/2h x 39 5/8w in