Habib Hajallie Kent, United Kingdom
Although Born in Southeast London, my Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage usually feeds directly into my practice. I look to convey a sense of empowerment to often marginalised ethnic groups in the western world, through the exploration of ethnic identity.
I seek to create a discourse confronting socio political issues with regards to the perception of various demographics being perceived of having varied humanistic value. With the disenfranchised often being undermined by the mainstream media; which somewhat paradoxically reflects an archaic hierarchy of status which has similarities with colonial ideologies. Such ethnocentrisms are still present to a certain extent within modern society.
Using antique texts and maps as the canvases for my works has been a constant within my practice. This process of bringing new value to often disregarded items creates a cohesion between the concepts behind the work and the aesthetic output. As I empower various figures; I simultaneously do so with the ground used as I place them within new contexts.
Regularly drawing with pen enables me to call upon traditional draughtsmanship techniques, influenced by sketches from the high renaissance. Through an almost contradictory process of using this relatively modern art medium with a classical approach to mark making: I look to celebrate authentic drawing within the digital age.
Barbican Arts Group Trust Open
24/11/2017 to 10/12/2017
|Artworks Project Space, London||Details|
Royal Society of British Artists: Rising Stars
13/03/2018 to 17/03/2018
|Framers Gallery, London||Details|
Winter Pride Art Awards: Isle of Wight Exhibition
15/06/2018 to 30/07/2018
|Quay Arts, Isle of Wight||Details|
Liverpool Biennal: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018
13/07/2018 to 09/09/2018
|John Lennon Building, Liverpool||Details|