Has­san Haj­jaj on his jour­ney as an artist

We speak to the artists, curators and collaborators involved in Somerset House’s groundbreaking exhibition Get Up, Stand Up Now. First up, Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj.

Through­out the course of this week, we’ll be shar­ing audio sto­ries from the artists, cura­tors and col­lab­o­ra­tors cur­rent­ly show­ing at Som­er­set House’s mega new exhi­bi­tion, Get Up, Stand Now.

Cel­e­brat­ing over 100 black cre­atives – in medi­ums span­ning fine art, film, pho­tog­ra­phy, fash­ion and more – it makes for a mon­u­men­tal moment for the black com­mu­ni­ty, hon­ing in on expe­ri­ences from the post-war era to the present day. The inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artists show­ing include Horace Ové, Has­san Haj­jaj, Mowalo­la Ogun­le­si, Peter Doig and Steve McQueen, offer­ing a mul­ti-sen­so­ry expe­ri­ence from artists who have helped break the bound­aries for black art globally. 

Kick­ing off the series, con­tem­po­rary artist Has­san Haj­jaj dis­cuss­es the iden­ti­ty of his work, the peo­ple he’s inspired by and his jour­ney as an artist so far. 

Hassan Hajjaj, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Part of My Rockstars Series, 2017, Photography courtesy of Tim Bowditch


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