The Jean Pigozzi African Art Collection

Hasan and Husain Essop

Born in 1985 in Cape Town. Live and work in South Africa.

Hasan and Husain Essop are twin South African Artists who live and work in Cape Town. Focusing on photography, their work concerns the role of the individual in society. They are especially interested in the role of young Muslim males in a secular environment and have documented their own experiences across the globe. In their digitally composited photographs, the artists use only themselves as subjects, as Islam forbids the depiction of the human figure. By limiting their representations in this way, Hasan and Husain create personal - rather than objective - experiences.

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Refuge, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


Unrest, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Unrest, Standard Bank Young Artist Award traveling exhibition, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Potchefstroom, South Africa


Remembrance, Goodman Gallery Cape Town, South Africa


Indelible Marks, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Halaal Art, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa



All Things Being Equal…, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town

Chasing Rainbows, Spielart Festival, Rathausgalerie Kunsthalle, Munich, Germany

After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, College of Wooster, Art Museum, USA

Athlone in Mind, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa

ECHOLOCATION, Hermanus Fyn Arts Festival, Gearing’s Point, Hermanus, Cape Town, South Africa

New Acquisitions: Standard Bank Corporate Collection, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

ICA Live Art Festival, Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa


New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50 , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014 South: Contemporary Art from Australia, Mexico and South Africa, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre,

Gymea, Australia

From Sitting to Selfie, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013 Am I not a man and a brother? Am I not a woman and a sister?, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, USA

Rendez-Vous 13, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France

2012 Photography of The Rainbow Nation, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag, Netherlands

Les Rencontres Arles Photographie, Arles, France

Next Generation, Thami Mnyele Foundation, Pulchri Studio, The Hague, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Advance/Notice, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011 Rencontre de Bamako: 9th African Photography Biennale, Bamako, Mali

Paris Photo: African Emerging Photography presented by Bamako Encounters, Paris, France

Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK

Propoganda by Monuments, Cairo, Egypt


BREDAPHOTO 2010, Breda, Netherlands

Peekaboo Current South Africa, Helsinki Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Dak’art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

Integration and Resistance in the Global Age, Tenth Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

“US”, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


Power Play, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Africa and the World, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa and the World, Goodman Gallery Booth, Johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa and the World, Spier Contemporary Art Competition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

ABSA Atelier, Regional selection exhibition, Art.B, Belville, Cape Town, South Africa


Spier Contemporary Art Competition, Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa

The Loaded Lens, Goodman Galley Cape, Cape Town, South Africa