Caravane

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Caravane

Edition: 2/5
2011
Photographs
Chromogenic print with wood frame and found tins
Frame: 53 9/16 × 36 5/8 × 2 1/2 in. (136 × 93 × 6.35 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY (M.2014.162)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Caravane is a portrait of Helena Parker-Jayne Isibor, also known as the Venus Bushfires, a Nigerian

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Caravane is a portrait of Helena Parker-Jayne Isibor, also known as the Venus Bushfires, a Nigerian singer-songwriter. She wears a bright red robe adorned with the Coca-Cola logo and a colorful headscarf wrapped around a frame to project outward like giant ears, all the while flashing the victory symbol with her left hand; in her right hand is her Swiss-made, UFO-shaped instrument called the hang.

Hassan Hajjaj was born in Larache, a small harbor town in northern Morocco. He moved to London as a teenager, and now divides his time between that city and Marrakesh. Best known as a photographer, Hajjaj depicts a globalized society where the margins of cultural identity—whether African, Arab, or European—are continuously shifting and blurred. Here, as in many of his photographs, Hajjaj creates frames incorporating Coke or Fanta cans or various other packaged goods often labelled in Arabic.

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Bibliography

  • Komaroff, Linda. Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2015.

    View this publication in LACMA's Reading Room

  • "Acquistions." Canvas: Art and Culture from the Middle East and Arab World 11, no. 1 (2015): 92-101.
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