French artist questions the place of women in Islam, gets threats from Muslims.
The installation of French artist Georges Mehdi Lahlou questioned the place of women in Islam. It represents a place of prayer in the midst of which stood a pair of red stilettos. It was removed earlier than expected after having provoked the indignation and anger of some Muslims.
This reconstitution of a Muslim prayer room, where there are high-heeled shoes, aroused the indignation of people from the Muslim community, as the manager of the gallery, Olivier Dejong. The work of George Mehdi Lahlou, covered these days a black panel, has been dismantled ahead of schedule.
“Installation” Cocktail, or self-portrait in society ‘is a reconstruction of a Muslim prayer room, represented the infinite, “said the French artist Georges Mehdi Lahlou.” Thirty prayer mats are ready ground towards Mecca. Before each rug is placed a pair of men’s shoes, representing the man ‘in prayer. In the middle of a green carpet, is disposed a pair of shiny red shoes with heels.In my practice, I use very often that one female stigma for me ‘travesty’ and thus question my sexuality, “said George Mehdi Lahlou.