From the Balcony, 72 Virgins and the Oasis (2020)
wood, palm tree, muslim veils/silk, print on white veils/silk, sound, fans
variable size (circa 500 x 350 x various)
edition of 3 + 1 AP
Sound Creation by Ève Ganot
With the support of Maison d’Art Actuel des Chartreux (MAAC)
In From the Balcony, 72 Virgins and the Oasis, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou confronts us with a full range of sensations: the colorful fluttering of scarves, the sounds of birdsong undercut by a hard-to-pin-down ominous noise, the verdant green of a palm tree soaring overhead, the persistent rush of wind, and the firm rigidity of wooden scaffolding. Decorated with scarves hanging from laundry racks, this scaffolding becomes reminiscent of apartment balconies that face outward into the street in urban environments. In such a way, this balcony positions us on the outside looking toward an implied domestic interior space that does not, in fact, exist. It is imagined. Consistent with his practice, Mehdi-Georges’ takes us to an elsewhere that is both here and not here.
Extract from ‘From the Balcony, 72 Virgins and the Oasis’ by Conor Moynihan (full text here)