Mehdi-Georges Lahlou

Promo 13-14-Mehdi

Photo : Matthieu Joubert

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou

#lesréalisateurs2014 in Nantes

Born in 1983 in Les Sables d’Olonnes. Lives and works in Brussels and Paris.

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou’s latest installation offers a time for meditation. To stop a few seconds, a few minutes before these five giant hourglasses. By increasing their size, they also stretch time by trying to reproduce the distance in time between the five prayers of Islam that punctuate the days of religious believers. Observe in their glass bulbs, not grains of sand trickling down but semolina. Filtering through, it seems to dance through the gap, as a metaphor of passage. Listen and capture its whisper. Its sweet, silent song that recalls, by inversion, the power of the call to prayer.

Since 72 vierges, an installation of immaculate banners at the last Dakar Biennial, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou’s work has become more universal. Mehdi-Georges Lahlou has already molded his face using semolina (Head, 2013) : an inverted head that seemed to announce this act of turning over the hourglass, an act capable of changing everything and of starting over. For this project for the Réalisateurs, a program directed by Fabrice Hyber, Lahlou has chosen to further his research process and explore the time of the material. Industrial material that is usually worked by hand is here considered as a temporal unit of thought …

Marie Moignard

The Hourglasses
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Project for les réalisateurs NANTES in partnership with Glass Fabrik