Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, ‘Autoportrait à la Pastèque’, 2010, Catherine Ahnell Gallery

About Mehdi-Georges Lahlou

Raised both Islamic and Catholic, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou uses performance and installation work to investigate the tensions and taboos within his two religions. He is particularly interested in sensitive issues like sexual identity, the modification of one’s body, and the improper use of religious texts and objects. A recurring motif in his work is the red stiletto, which he considers both a totem of sexuality and a symbol of consumer culture. Though his works regularly provoke, Lahlou insists that his work is not a political statement: “I want people to be in an awkward position and not know what’s happening, whether it’s humor or reality, true or false. I lean toward being stupid because I don’t want to make people think that I am saying bad things.”

French-Moroccan, b. 1983, Les Sables d'Olonne, France, based in Brussels, Belgium