Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, 2012
December 21, 2013–Ongoing
Ahmanson Building, Level 4
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This three-channel video installation by Hassan Hajjaj includes nine separately filmed performances
by an international array of musicians. The sitters/performers wear clothes that Hajjaj has designed himself,
and pose in spaces covered by patterns he has selected. Clad in traditional fabrics, as well as luxury brand
clothes and shoes, the musicians bridge the gap between now and then, us and them, high and low culture,
reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary art.
Hajjaj, born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco,
moved to London in 1975, and now divides his time between London and Marrakesh. Best known as a photographer,
he also employs video. His work depicts a globalized society that pushes and blurs the boundaries of cultural
identity—whether African, Arab, or Western.
Image: Still from Hassan Hajjaj, My Rock Stars Experimental
Volume 1, 2012, Purchased with funds provided by Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY, M.2013.81.
July 29–December 15, 2013
Ahmanson Building, Level 4
Newsha Tavakolian is a self-taught photographer who began her career as a photo-journalist at the age of sixteen. Professional success came quickly with her work published in National Geographic, Le Monde, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time Magazine. She decided to focus on images of women as a specific reaction to George W. Bush’s characterization of Iran as part of an Axis of Evil beginning with her award-winning 2006 photo essay Women in the Axis of Evil. In her documentary work and since 2009 when her interests shifted to fine art, Tavakolian has sought to contradict western media’s narrow view of Iranian women and their lives. Rather, her engaging and vibrant images document the evolving role of women who are empowered to battle against or to subvert gender-based restrictions.
Image: Newsha Tavakolian, Untitled from the series Listen, 2010, Purchased with funds provided by the Farhang Foundation, Fine Arts Council and an anonymous donor, M.2012.142.4.
A journey to Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan
April 29–May 10, 2014
Join the Art of the Middle East department at LACMA on a very special journey through Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. We will travel around modern-day Iran but will none-the-less experience some of the highlights of Persian art and architecture. This trip provides a unique opportunity for anyone who has ever dreamed of visiting fabled Samarkand or Bukhara, representing the eastern reaches of Persian culture, or the southern Caucasus and Caspian regions, just north of Iran.
For more information contact Jilana Stewart at 323-857-6011 or email@example.com.
Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY
The aquisition of contemporary
works of art by artists with roots in the Middle East expands the
relevance of LACMA's collection—transforming it into a creative link
between the past, the present and the future. Launched in 2011, the Art
of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY (AMEC) supports this endeavor.
By becoming a member of AMEC, you will have the chance to participate in
building this new contemporary collection. Members enjoy a host of
exclusive benefits ranging from private artist receptions to VIP travel
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