Hasan and Husain Essop

Selected Works

Salmaan’s Freedom, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2011
Pigment inks on cotton rag paper
67 x 100cm / Frame: 73 x 103 x 3.5 cm / Work: 60 x 89 cm
Masjidal Haram (Sacred Mosque), Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2011
Pigment inks on cotton rag paper
67 x 100cm / Frame: 73 x 103 x 4.5 cm / Work: 58 x 90 cm
State Fury, 2017
Lightjet C-print on archival paper
160 x 110 cm
Dark Imaam, 2017
Lightjet C-print on archival paper
160 x 110 cm
Usual Suspects, 2016
Pigment inks on cotton rag paper
100 x 150 cm / 90 x 130 cm
Freedom Fighters, 2014
Lightjet C-print on archival paper
115 x 145 cm / Image: 115 x 144 cm
Athlone Superette, 2014
Lightjet C-print / Lightjet C-print on archival paper
115 x 193.5 cm
Malay Quarters, 2014
Lightjet C-print on archival paper
Work: 115 x 199 cm
Cave of Hira, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2011
Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper
Image: 57 x 230 cm Work: 65 x 240 cm Frame: 71 x 244 x 4.5 cm
Jabal Arafat (Mount of Mercy), Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2011
Lightjet C-type print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper
Image: 71 x 230 cm Work: 80 x 238 cm Frame: 84.5 x 243.5 x 4.5 cm
Fast Twins, 2009
Pigment print on cotton rag paper
64 x 92 cm
Guerillas, 2009
pigment ink on cotton rag paper
64 x 92 cm
Pit-bull Training, 2008
Lightjet C print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper
84 x 118cm

Biography

Hasan and Husain Essop (b. 1985, Cape Town) have been collaborating since their graduation from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2008. In 2010 they travelled to Cuba to produce a body of work as part of the tenth Havana Biennial, under the theme ‘Integration and resistance in the global age’. In 2011 they completed a 3-month residency at the prestigious Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam.

They have participated in several major group exhibitions – including Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the V&A Museum in London in 2011, and South: Contemporary Art from Australia, Mexico & South Africa at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in Sydney in 2014 – and they have held solo exhibitions in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Dubai.

In 2014 they received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, and presented a new body of work at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival titled Unrest. The exhibition addresses the notion of global unrest through the particular lens of young Muslims living in Cape Town, and features the brothers’ characteristic large-scale photographic prints, as well as sculptural installations and multimedia works. The exhibition has since been shown in five cities across South Africa, and at the Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde in Dubai.