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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.”

Selected exhibitions
2017
DIGITALCatherine Ahnell Gallery
2014
IN CHA'ALLAH Solo Exhibition by Mehdi-Georges LahlouCatherine Ahnell Gallery
2013
Personal Structures 2013: Culture Mind BecomingECC Collection
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Jannah, ed 1/3, 2016

Chick peas, plant, epoxy, rope
47 1/5 × 17 7/10 × 11 4/5 in
120 × 45 × 30 cm
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mechelen
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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.”

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