“This performance explores bestiality as a philosophical and political concept by drawing on the stigma that historically frames queers and PoC as monstrous. Through readings of my recent romantic/radical poems accompanied by the lyrical vocals of Makeda Monet and the electronic music of Victor da Silva. BEAST! explores utopian queer passions, rituals for lost ones, dark corners to protect oneself in, erotic dreams, and… you’ll see.
All the poems are from my last poetry book LE SANG! (BLOOD!) published by Lafayette Anticipations.”
– Tarek Lakhrissi
Performance: Tarek Lakhrissi
Text: Tarek Lakhrissi
Original musical creation: Fatma Pneumonia
Singer-composer (voice): Makeda Monnet
Costume: Inner Light
External collaborators: Capucine Porphire, Mawena Yehouessi, Léuli Eshrāghi
Executive producer: Sarina Basta (BHI)
Production Assistant: Violette Morisseau
A Production by Tinguely Museum (Basel), Move Festival, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Shedhalle (Zürich), Bureau des Heures Invisibles (Aubervilliers)
With the support of La Maison Populaire (Montreuil) and the Lafayette Anticipations Foundation (Paris)
Tarek Lakhrissi (lives and works in Paris) is a French artist and poet with a background in literature. He works across installation, performance, film, text and sculpture, engaging with transformative narratives within language, magic, codes and affects. His background in literature draws influence from feminist and queer writers providing his work with a critical atmosphere and an interest in queer of color experience. He currently teaches at CCC Research Master Program of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD (Geneva School of Art and Design).
Lakhrissi has been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Museum of Contemporary Art; 22nd Biennale of Sydney (Sydney), Wiels (Brussels), Palazzo Re Rebaudengo/Sandretto (Guarene/Torino), Manchester International Festival (Manchester), Mostyn, (Llandudno), Tinguely Museum (Basel), HKW (Berlin), Shedhalle (Zurich); Fondation Ricard (Paris), Quadriennale di Roma; Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Roma), High Art (Paris), La Verrière, Fondation Hermès (BE), Kevin Space (Vienna), Hayward Gallery (London), Auto Italia South East (London), Grand Palais, FIAC (Paris), Fondation Lafayette Anticipations (Paris), L’Espace Arlaud (Lausanne), Zabriskie (Geneva), Fondation Gulbenkian (Paris), Veda gallery (Firenze), CRAC Alsace (Altkirch), Kim? (Riga), Artexte (Montreal), Gaité Lyrique (Paris), SMC/CAC; (Vilnius). Lakhrissi’s artworks are part of different private and public collections like Defares, Sandretto Foundation or CNAP. He is represented by VITRINE Gallery (London/Basel).