Habib Hajallie Kent, United Kingdom
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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.


Hajjah Aliya, fineliner pen, 2018


Alpha II, biro pen and collage, 2017


Like a Monkey, fineliner pen, 2017


To Freetown, biro pen and fineliner pen (with collage), 2017


Jammer, biro pen, 2016


Ghetto, fineliner pen, 2018


Stranger Returns, biro pen, 2018


Previous projects


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
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