#Rose Issa Projects Gallery
From book by Hassan Hajjaj: Photography, Fashion, Film, Design
A book that focuses on photography, fashion, movie and design? Seemed to be a great idea in the eyes of Hassan Hajjaj, a renowned artist based in both Marrakech and London.
In 1975, the Hajjaj family moved to London, a new job opportunity for Hassan’s father but a drastic adjustment for Hassan himself. He missed the freedom which he had always felt in Larache, and the dreary looking new city surrounding him put a damper on his mood. But already in those days Hassan was marked by a positive character, and he decided to take a positive approach to life in London.
Education did not offer him any inspiration. It was only when he quit school at the age of 15 that he could finally realize his potentials. Music and fashion were his first great passions. Hassan promoted local music bands and organised concerts in various clubs in London. He also opened an urban fashion store, in which outfits designed by some of his friends filled the racks.
Read more about him and his new book in our article: Hassan Hajjaj, artistic jack-of-all-trades from Morocco
Nederlands: Hassan Hajjaj, artiestieke duizendpoot uit Marokko
The Rose Issa Projects Gallery in London will launch Hassan’s book on March 13, 2014. In addition, various projects of Hassan’s are to be admired across the ocean. In California, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) exhibits the video installation “My Rock Stars, Volume 1”.
From The British Library:
Qur’an, Granada, Spain, 13th century. Part 39 of a Qur’an in 60 parts. Chapter 27, al-Naml (The Ant), verse 92 to Chapter 28, al-Qasas (The Narrative), verse 3.
This is a rare example of a Qur’an which survived the Christian reconquest of Spain - the expulsion of Islam from the peninsula under Ferdinand and Isabella, a process largely completed by 1492, when their recapture of Granada earned them the title “the Catholic Monarchs”.
Examples of early Andalusian manuscripts from southern Spain are rare, most having been lost during the later Christian reconquest. Qur’ans produced in Spain and North Africa were written on parchment in a style of script known as maghribi. This script, named after the province of Maghreb in North Africa, became the accepted script for copying Qur’ans and other texts in North Africa and Andalusian Spain.
A number of features differentiate the maghribi from other Arabic scripts, particularly in the way the letters fa’ and qaf are written. Its vowel signs, as seen in this Qur’an, are usually penned in red or blue, with the letter hamzah (the glottal stop) also indicated by coloured dots.
The ornamental chapter heading here is in western kufic script, the regional version of kufic developed in Tunisia during the 10th century, and from which the maghribi script originated.
Numidia Art paintings - © Taziri Gadmour
With this painting I was expressing a hope for a time when both languages are represented equally, not just in the constitution – because it’s an easy step to get it written in the constitution – but in every aspect of Libyan life. The difficulty is merging both of them so they become equal parts of society, whilst maintaining their individualities, like in education and media. It is a process that will require people to open their hearts and to let go of fear and to see each other as fellow human beings first and foremost and that each person in this world has the right to express themselves and celebrate their language, religion and culture. We need to stop fearing the other, and start embracing instead. There is room for all of us.
British-Libyan Taziri Gadmour spoke with us about how her love for Tifinagh and language in general inspire her paintings. Read the interview here.
Lees het interview in het Nederlands hier.
#Made in Morocco
#Moroccan Fine Art
” MADE IN MOROCCO” , MOORHOUSE, 20/01/14 – 20/02/2014
After a successful and busy year Moroccan Fine Art is pleased to announce their next exhibition in partnership with Moroccan Bazaar. Made in Morocco is presented at Art Moorhouse in London, from 20 January – 20 February 2014, offering a poetic and imaginative journey into the world of Moroccan culture.
Whilst we are familiar with Morocco as country we are in unfamiliar territory when it comes to Moroccan art. The kingdom has a long-standing tradition in decorative art, calligraphy, craft, music, and oral literature that serves and supports existing religious and social patterns. Made in Morocco explores its nation’s visual identity and cultural heritage by presenting the works of the country’s finest artists Mustapha Amnaine, Hassan Boukhari and Said Qodaid.