For its participation in this 10th edition of the London fair, L’Atelier 21 is exhibiting works by artists M’barek Bouhchichi and Hassan Hajjaj.
These two artists explore the possibilities of figuration, each in a different medium and plastic universe. Each one has a way of seizing the world that opens our eyes and allows us to see it differently. By proposing to show these artists with diverse backgrounds, the gallery wishes to highlight the many possibilities of expression that the new figuration has on the African art scene.
The body is a theme with multiple ramifications in the work of M’barek Bouhchichi. Molded, sculpted, drawn, and painted, it is highlighted through a kaleidoscope of signs, fragments (almost votive), and images that show a major preoccupation of the artist: painting Moroccan men and women with black skin.
Hassan Hajjaj’s art embodies a constant ambivalence between complexity and evidence. It informs on this capacity of the artwork to reveal deep interrogations under the most serene and jubilant appearances. Taking advantage of whimsical costumes and accessories of various origins, the portraits draw their originality in exploiting the kitsch and the usual.
Courtesy of L’Atelier 21.