Rev your engines as British-Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj gives us an insight into the colourful, eclectic and not to mention, badass world of Marrakesh’s girl bike gangs.
Hassan Hajjaj, a Moroccan artist has drawn on the bike culture of his home country to present a series of photos that showcases the vibrant street culture of Morocco, entitled Kesh Angels. The series is a response to and celebration of the women who live normal but eclectic lives in the vibrant North African city.
The women portrayed here are mostly friends of the photographer who pose in a series of work that upends stereotypes, juxtaposing traditional garb such as veils and djellabahs with modern items like star-shaped sunglasses and polka-dotted abayahs. In celebration of the strength and independence of these women, they pose defiantly with bright smiles and tough expressions.
Hajjaj was first inspired by a group of women who work painting henna in the main square of Morocco that is a popular tourist destination in the city.
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Marrakesh fashion is a real mixture of modern and traditional clothing. As for attitude towards fashion, most of the young generation are up to date wearing the same as the West. Those who wear traditional clothing also have a sense as to the cut, textile, and colour of the season and have clothes made by a tailor or someone who specialises in making more traditional shapes.
The women of Marrakesh offer much inspiration to the artist. Hajjaj cites normality, strength, intelligence, and tradition of these women as his constant inspirational sources as well as his mum (God bless her), aunt, and sisters.