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Habib Hajallie: Penned into History

[ Exhibition )

This is a FREE exhibition located in our Print Room on the ground floor.

No need to book a ticket, unless you wish to visit the rest of the Gallery as well.

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Drawing and collage of 4 men with the same face and different clothing in ball point pen on antique typewritten paper showing a staircase and landing

Habib Hajallie, The Large Collectors, 2023, Ballpoint on antique texts, © The Artist.

Discover thought-provoking works in Habib Hajallie’s groundbreaking exhibition challenging colonial narratives and redefining British portraiture.

Habib Hajallie’s ballpoint pen drawings focus on the lack of diversity in British portraiture. He combines precise mark-making with collaged elements from texts and maps. His works challenge colonial ideologies and the divisive histories of West Africa.

One of the highlights of the exhibition will be The Large Collectors. This new drawing was created during Hajallie’s residency at the Gallery as part of UAL’s Decolonising Art Institute’s 20/20 program. It is a monumental self-portrait showing Hajallie as three of the men who started our collections – Walter Hussey, Charles Kearley, and Colin St John Wilson. Putting himself in their shoes, Hajallie looks to disrupt the image of the typical modern British art collector.

Photograph of a man from waist up standing holding a glass trophy and smiling at the camera. He wears a black t-shirt with a white logo on left chest and has a beard and long hair tied at the top of his head.

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Join Habib Hajallie and assistant curator Miriam O’Connor Perks online for an in-depth conversation about his practice.

Engage with Hajallie directly with your own questions and discover more about his work as a contemporary artist.

Thu 28 Mar, 7 – 8pm

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