Hassan Hajjad Hank Willis Thomas

Hassan Hajjaj - "My Rock Stars" and "Legs"

Born in Larache, Morocco in 1961, and based between London and Marrakech, Hajjaj is a contemporary artist known as the "Andy Warhol of Marrakech." Hassan's immigration from Morocco to London in 1973, at the age of 12, had a critical impact on his evolution as an artist, thanks to London’s cosmopolitan culture, music scene, and fashion landscape. In the 90's, while assisting on a fashion shoot in Morocco, Hajjaj realized that all those involved — from models to make-up artists — were European, with his native country serving merely as an exotic backdrop. He decided then and there to photograph what he terms "my people," and to honor the culture of Morocco. 

My Rock Stars is an eclectic collection of performers, whom Hajjaj celebrates through staged portraits and sculptured frames with a Moroccan-infused multiculturalism. The exhibit highlights a portrait of Hank Willis Thomas who co-founded the “For Freedoms” project with artist Eric Gottesman in 2016 as a platform for creative civic engagement in America (exhibited on The Betsy Orb in 2018 and 2019). Most recently Hassan added to this collection photographing Billie Eilish for the March 2020 cover of Vogue.

Hajjaj's work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and LACMA. In 2019 Hassan had a solo exhibit in all 4 stories of the Maison Européenne de La Photographie in Paris.  

CLICK HERE FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION

Other Exhibitions You May Enjoy

Alessandro Sarno - Acrobatic Mornings.jpg

Alessandro Sarno - "The Spirit of a People: Portraits and Slices of Life in The Islands of The Bahamas"

Currently Exhibited in Board Room
Alessandro Sarno is a Milan based artist who began his journey into photography in 2008 on the porch of The Betsy Hotel. Having left his job in London, Sarno stopped at The Betsy on his way to The
Mick Jagger watching television while lying down on the sofa

Bob Bonis

Currently Exhibited in Hallways
The Betsy’s proudly presents over 250 works shot by Bob Bonis, Road Manager of both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones during their first US tours. Through the lens of his Leica M3 camera, he documented both bands, guarding intimate, unplanned moments.
Tamary Kudita

Tamary Kudita: “African Victorian Series”

Currently Exhibited in Gallery
A product of dual heritage, Tamary Kudita was born in Zimbabwe whilst her ancestry can be traced back to the Orange Free State, historical Boer state in Southern Africa. She chose to study fine art at