Mehdi-Georges Lahlou at Queer New York International Arts Festival
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou (Morocco/France)
Stupidité contrôleé or jump jump baby jump jump (U.S. premiere)
Friday, September 25, 7pm
Merton D. Simpson Gallery
Suggested donation $15 / mertonsimpson.com
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou produces performances and installations that deal with cultural identities and gender to the point of almost dissolving one into the other. Embracing physical endurance, Lahlou’s performances are highly athletic, fearless, and provocative. In his new work, Stupidité contrôlée or jump jump baby jump jump, he juggles with his identities between conscious idiocy to bodily exhaustion, directly facing and playing with exotic clichés and religious fundamentalism.
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou was born in France and lives and works in Brussels and Paris. Having grown up French-Moroccan with one Muslim and one Christian parent, he experienced a multicultural and multiform society daily. Making performances and installations that deal with cultural identities and gender, he tackles ideas of masculinity within Maghrebian and European cultures, testing limits both cultural and physical.