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Les talons d'Allah

10/15/2010 - 11/13/2010
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Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Déshabillez-moi, 2010
video, silent color
3'36
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Salat ou autoportrait dirigé, 2012
plaster, textile, polystyrene
Edition of 3 ex, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Autoportrait à  la kabah, 2010
C-print
60 x 60 cm or 100 x 100 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Décomposition Cubique, 2013
Fabrics, embroidery, wood
6 x 39 x 39 cm
Edition of 3 ex, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Couleur champagne, 2009
neon
120 x 150 cm
Edition of 3 ex + 1 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Stupidité contrôlée II, 2009
video colors, mute
11'12 loop
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Fontaine, 2013
Wood, water, paraffin, paper gold, engine
circa120 cm diameter
Edition of 3 ex + 1 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Autoportrait à la pastèque , 2011
photo performance
C-print
29 x 39 cm + frame
Edition of 8 ex + 2 AP
photo Bert de Leenheer, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Sans Titre - Paradise, 2010
Wax, prayer rug
100 x 70 cm
Edition of 3 ex, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Tango, 2010
C-print
145 x 125 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Portrait selon Orlan
C-print
70 x 50 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Sans titre - haut et bas, 2009
C-print mounted on dibond
50 x 50 cm each
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Portrait de famille , 2009
C-print mounted on dibond
120 x 90 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
It's more sexy ou Vierge à l'Enfant 8, 2010
série de 30 images, clic sur le signe (+)
C-print
36 x 30 cm + frame
Edition of 5 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Equilibre à  la Kaaba, 2013
plaster, fabric, wood, various materials
270 x 110 x 110 cm
Edition of 1 ex + 1 AP, available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Equilibre à  la pastèque, 2012
plaster, watermelon
50 x 20 x 60 cm + watermelon
Unique artwork, available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Créature pour chaman 3 / Hommage à  Pierre Molinier , 2012
Lambda print
70 X 70 cm or 150 x 150 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Portrait selon Valie Export
C-print
70 x 50 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Vierge noire, 2012
plaster, sailing
50 x 20 x 60 cm
Edition of 3 ex + 2 AP, available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Devout whith the cross, 2010
C-print mounted on dibond
90 x 59 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Autoportrait à  la pastèque, 2009
C-print
40 x 40 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Décomposition culinaire ou autoportrait à  la tagine , 2012
Lambda print
67 x 160 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Equilibre au pavé, 2012
plaster, stone
50 x 20 x 60 cm
Unique artwork, available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Equilibre au vase, 2012
plaster, vase
50 x 20 x 60 cm + vase
Unique artwork, available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
The Assembly, 2011
Lambda print
82,08 x 120 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Portrait selon Molinier, 2007
C-print
70 x 50 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Devout whith Niqab, 2010
C-print mounted on dibond
90 x 90 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, Not available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Cocktail ou autoportrait en société, 2008-2010
C-print
50 x 70 cm
Edition of 4 ex + 2 AP, available

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Ouli Azam / Les plus décidés , 2010
embroidery on textile
39x39 cm
Unique artwork, available

Press release

As he grew up in a multicultural environment, with a Muslim and a Christian parent, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou experienced our multicultural and multiform society in daily life. Always working in a light-hearted and intelligent way, he breaks through barriers of religion and culture to question aesthetics, in particular those imposed by Islam.  Through his performances or installations, he poses crucial questions involving identity (religious, cultural or sexual).

This coherent series of work disturbs clichés and plays with the ambiguity present in aesthetics. In his work the body is always present. The figure of the artist is hidden and present at the same time.
For his first solo exhibition in France, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou keeps on his singular approach and presents at Galerie Dix9 sculptures, photos, videos, all of them referring to that ambiguity.

Breaking through stereotypes, the artist transforms his body as he subverts traditions. He knows, through juxtaposition, how to walk a fine line in order to disturb formal and established conventions. He uses feminine attributes (high heel shoes, lipstick, veil) but keeps his masculine appearance (bear, sex, muscles). His disguise is partial and thus disturbs the norms for gender, social and sexual definition. It is not a question with Mehdi-Georges Lahlou of any “choc des cultures”; for him, all culture is confining. To quit one means entering another.

This may explain a certain predilection for boxes in his work, which symbolize limits and confinement. There is the box of the restaurant in “Dar Loom”, or the one of the Qaabah in “Home sweet home”. But as well there are the framed photos or the videos screens, which also represent boxes themselves.

The artist’s visual work always deals with questions of idiocy. To be an idiot, or a kind of pawn, is a way to fight with coherence and freedom against the seriousness of any system. The videos are aptly  named ‘controlled stupidities”.

Going beyond the borders towards absurdity, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou always keeps a kind of “chic” in his ridiculous postures. Mixing the power and humor of the idiot, he forges a path towards the marvellous.