72 (Virgins) in Motion and Aria - 2019

Object and Sculpture, Video and sound


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72 (Virgins) in Motion and Aria
plaster, muslim white veils, sound, fans, sound + diver materials
variable size (circa 1100 x 550 x 200 cm)
edition of 3 + 1 AP

Voice : Jorg Delfos
Sound creation : Eve Ganot
Production: Ronan Grossiat and Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris (France)

[The new version of a Paradise for the righteous that Mehdi-Georges Lahlou offers us is unsettling. On a still socialist Cuban land where God has been put on trial though there remains the powerful memory of him, whether in Catholicism or in the syncretisms of Santeria, staging the Jannah1 of Muslims becomes, if not a joke, at least a thumbing of the nose mastered by the artist. In a colonial building that cannot erase the troubled hours of a history of man’s conquest of mankind, this artificial paradise, to borrow Baudelaire’s words, underlines all the contradictions raised by beliefs and deconstructs this image humans have of the afterlife, that is to say the image they have of themselves…]

Extract form the text ‘Invitation to the Voyage, by Simon Njami (full text here)