Pop Art Takes a More Traditional Form During Art Dubai

UAE-based social enterprise 81 Designs officially announces collaboration with Hassan Hajjaj, an internationally-known contemporary artist who merges the realms of fine art and popular culture.

His works, recreated by Palestinian women refugees in traditional tatreez (cross stitch), will be presented at the 12th edition of Art Dubai, taking place at Madinat Jumeirah on March 21-24.

Hajjaj works with several mediums — photography, film, installations, and sculptures. Through his work, he uses cultural elements and popular objects as his subject to tell stories about our fast-paced world. Inspired by hip-hop, underground club scene, subcultures, pop art and his North African roots, his signature style is identified by the distinctive mix of colors in his portraits which are boxed with brightly sculptural frames. Hajjaj has selected 14 pieces from his collection titled ‘Graffix from the Souk,’ where he has playfully applied new technology to redefine the imagery that pervaded nostalgia from his childhood.

The collection is a visual celebration of the street level graphic art of his native land, Morocco. Graffix from the Souk has been exhibited in various locations in Morocco, France and the UK.



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