81 Designs collaborates with Hassan Hajjaj, an internationally-known contemporary artist who merges the realms of fine art and popular culture. His works, recreated by Palestinian women refugees in traditional tatreez (cross stitch), will be presented at the 12th edition of Art Dubai. Hajjaj had selected 14 pieces from his collection titled Graffix from the Souk, where he playfully applied new technology to redefine the imagery that pervaded nostalgia from his childhood. The collection is a visual celebration of the street level graphic art of his native land, Morocco. Graffix from the Souk has been exhibited in various locations in Morocco, France and the UK.
81 Designs is a UAE-based social enterprise co-founded by Nesrine El-Tibi Maalouf and Nadine Y Maalouf in 2015. It comprises a group of skilled women artisans that are Palestinian refugees living in South Lebanon. With a vision to employ as many skilled artisan women refugees as possible by giving them hope and a renewed sense of purpose in life, each project curated by 81 Designs collaborates with an artist from the Middle East and North Africa region. It officially launched at Art Dubai in 2017.
The Julius Baer lounge will be transformed into an art space featuring Hassan’s signature style, and will be a venue for a talk hosted by Nadine and Hassan. During the presentation, a film created by Ted Beagles, British-born director working out of Dubai, London and Los Angeles in drama, commercials, documentary and music video, will also be shown.
Location: Julius Baer lounge, Fort Island, Art Dubai
Wednesday 21 March 2018, 18:30
Access: RSVP Online
Location: Foundation booth, Foyer 2, opposite Gallery Hall 2, Art Dubai