Saturday, May 23, 2015

Isreal's new Arab art museum features playful works by Mehdi-Georges Lahlou

By Anne Joseph

ISREAL---AMOCA (Arab Museum of Contemporary Art) is the first museum of its kind to open in an Arab-Israeli city that had, until the biennale, little contact with contemporary artworks. Photographs by the French-Moroccan artist Mehdi-Georges Lahlou are perhaps the most mesmerizing, playful and provocative pieces in this exhibition. Born to a Catholic mother and a Muslim father, his work addresses the cultural meeting between Islam and the West, questioning issues of identity and gender. Here, a series of photographs portrays the figure of a woman wearing a veil, taken from different perspectives. Yet the woman is actually the figure of the artist himself. [link]