FairsPeople 25-07-2017

Hassan Hajjaj to feature in for 1:54 London solo show

Ahead of the fair’s inaugural Marrakesh edition, (24-25 February 2018) 1:54’s fifth London edition, taking place next October, has announced that its traditional solo show organized in partnership with Somerset House will be dedicated to British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj. The exhibition will open on October 5 and run through January 7, 2018.


The exhibition will bring together Hajjaj’s photos, including several of his most well-known portraits and new works, among which My Rock Stars: Volume 2 — a video installation consisting of nine screens.

The fair, running from October 5 through 8 and organized by Touria El Glaoui has also announced that Somerset House’s Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court will be dedicated to Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, who will participate with a sculpture installation evoking Mali’s Togunas, buildings erected by the Dogon people as places of public discussion and encounters for the community.

Among the other artists shown at the fair are Rashaad Newsome, who will occupy the Lounge, Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh, who is presenting a sound installation, as well as Henk Serfontein, Marlise Keith, Patrick Bongoy and Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, who will show as part of the program Creative Block. Artist Adejoke Tugbiyele — whose practice practice explores global LGBTQ human rights — will present the performance Shifting the Waves.

Somerset House has also commissioned British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong to create a flag featuring 54 stars for the 54 African countries and a highly symbolic color palette. The work will be raised over Somerset House on July 25 and will be on display for the duration of 1:54 and “Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane”.

More on this year’s participating galleries here.

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