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Arnolfini - est 1961
Curator Ekow Eshun and Artist Hassan Hajjaj outside Arnolfini, Bristol
© Arnolfini. Photo credit: Lisa Whiting

After a long time in planning, then delay by the Coronavirus lockdown in March, we are thrilled to reopen Arnolfini this Thursday 30 July with Hassan Hajjaj:The Path, a touring exhibition by New Art Exchange, Nottingham, curated by Ekow Eshun.

With an exuberant melee of colours, patterns, appropriated brand logos and found objects, Hassan Hajjaj:The Path is a timely exploration of global culture across continents through the unique lens of the acclaimed Moroccan-British photographer.

Hajjaj moved to London in the 1970s and has since lived and worked between Morocco and the UK. Heavily influenced by the club, hip-hop, and reggae scenes of London as well as by his North African heritage, his artistic practice reveals his capacity to bridge both cultures, as well as the interweaving worlds of art, music and fashion. His recent work includes an exhibition at Fotografiskain Stockholm entitled Vogue, The Arab Issue, as well as privately commissioned portraits of Billie Eillish for US Vogue.

Showing for the first time in Bristol, the city’s rich musical heritage and complex social and cultural history provides an additional layer of context to Hajjaj’s work, explored through the exhibition’s different bodies of work and associated programme.

We are so excited to invite you safely back into Arnolfini with such an energetic, vibrant and contemporary artist.

Exhibition slots will be bookable in advance, free of charge, details below and on our website. The gallery will be open Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm each week.
Tickets are available now. Hassan Hajjaj: The Path runs through to Sunday 1 November 2020.