Hajar El Moustaassime is a Moroccan multidisciplinary artist, born in Marrakech in 1993, who lives and works in Tangier. Fascinated by art and creativity, she chose to pursue her artistic ambition by studying at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan. Hajar is the fruit of a double culture, that of a young Moroccan woman rooted in the rich and varied traditions of the Red City and that of her artistic training through the knowledge and encounters acquired.
Hajar is a staunch advocate of women’s rights, a cause she brings to her works. In 1896, American women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony said, “The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world. I rejoice whenever I see a woman on a bicycle.” The artist decided to capture this idea in her works, inspired by her context and the women who filled the streets of the city of her childhood. For many years now, it has been very common to see them in Marrakech traveling by bicycle or moped, whether for work, studies, hobbies or sports activities.
Nowadays, moreover, the bicycle is one of the adult actors of the ecological transition, supported by many feminists. That is why Hajar integrates in her pieces a variety of recycled objects from bicycles in order to enrich her works and give a second life to different materials, such as rims, tires, copper, iron? The techniques he uses are very varied: drawing, painting, collage, palette knife, engraving, photography, digital art. Her work has been presented in Morocco in numerous institutions and contemporary art events and has earned her the Silver Medal of the Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters of Paris.