The multichannel video playing on LACMA’s building displays cinema of nine musicians rapping about political and social modifications. This exhibition was the Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental. His staging is pleasant for the eyes, creating something that is unique and a great impression of art and culture. Every one of the scenes was filmed separately but you can see all of them at the same time, each making music in their own colorful space against patterned backgrounds. He manages to capture the high, exaggerated colors of North Africa. There was a high energy that instantly drew me in to this group of international performers wearing a mix of vibrant colors and patterns that compliment one another.
The second exhibit I visited was the Art of Armor: Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. It showed the evolution of 5 centuries of the Japanese armor. Entering this space, I instantly received a form of aggression from the armors circling around the room. The different types of armor that the Japanese samurais used to wear were incredible. They were even detailed all around the armor and helmets. Details included metal plates and antlers. Their intention was to give the warrior a invincible mentality and to intimidate their enemies while in battle.