Promoting Creativity

Khadija, photograph by ©Hassan Hajjaj. 2010/1431. Courtesy of the Artist.



1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Somerset House, London
5 – 8 October 2017

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art, has announced the programme of special projects for its fifth London edition, taking place at Somerset House, 5 – 8 October, with a VIP & Press preview on 4 October 2017.

In partnership with Somerset House, 1:54 will present Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane (5 October 2017 – 7 January 2018), the first UK solo exhibition of the British-Moroccan artist in seven years, showcasing new and celebrated works. Hajjaj's multi-layered works fuse traditional and contemporary North African culture with familiar Western imagery and iconography. He is best known for his photographic portraits, including the Kesh Angels series, from which there will be several new works in the exhibition. Blending the glossy aesthetic of a fashion shoot with Moroccan street culture, these images challenge Western perceptions of the hijab and female disempowerment. Another new body of work in the exhibition is My Rock Stars: Volume 2, a video installation of nine screens, each occupied by a distinctively dressed musician. Launching at 1:54, the exhibition will continue throughout Somerset House's winter season.

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For more information please contact:
Lisa Hill,, +44 (0)20 7183 3577