Hassan Hajjaj photographs his lady friends in Morocco as if they were in biker gangs, but they’re not. They’re just his friends and he dressed them up. These uber-stylized shoots look like Elle collided with National Geographic, but there’s an artsy edge, too. Not one, but two “Kesh Girls” look like they’re covered in Damien Hirst’s dots. East-meets-West-meets-blue-chip and no surprise—this show’s been a hit.
“Over 80 percent of the works have been sold, for over $40,000 a piece,” a designer friend of mine mentioned at an opening. Well, that’s a depressing statistic. For me, they’re a bit too close to exoticism, and glorify a subculture that doesn’t exist. But whatever! Collectors like to put pretty things in storage, and that’s exactly where these things are headed.