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Neil Beloufa /   Neïl Beloufa

France 1985

Installation, Sculpture, Video Art, Video Installation

Neil Beloufa
Neïl Beloufa
April 5, 2016

Using the balanced and reasonable combination of reality and fiction, Neïl Beloufa creates complex narratives, credible and real, despite their fictional source. With the sense of irony, his vision emerges from general knowledge and ideas that each viewer brings into the exhibition space. He masterly manages the narratives, moving between the real and imaginative, producing a new approach. Beloufa’s installations, made of Plexiglas and plywood, with foam walls and pop-culture references, represent the base for his films, at the same time expanding and obscuring these moving images. He usually projects his recorded material onto sculptures and installations that reflects the images and elements of the video.

His naratives are between the real and imaginitive

Neïl Beloufa - Love ones before, 2014, photo credits gallery zero 2013 2011 contact
Neil Beloufa – Love ones before, 2014, photo credits

The Art is Not Clever

This French artist Algerian origin studied at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris where he received his Visual Arts National Diploma. He continued his education at Cooper Union, New York, and CalArts, Valencia. His work is shown all over the world, in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and on prestigious film festivals. Basing his work on jokes, Beloufa is questioning some serious social issues. He thinks that people shouldn’t be too serious even when they reconsider the very important subjects. He is using the joke as the way to show that art shouldn’t be clever.

He treats the projections like objects

Neïl Beloufa - People's passion, lifestyle, beautiful wine, gigantic glass towers, all surrounded by water, 2011, copyrights Neïl Beloufa exhibitions 2011 2013 contact gallery zero
Neil Beloufa – People’s passion, lifestyle, beautiful wine, gigantic glass towers, all surrounded by water, 2011, copyrights Neil Beloufa

Exhibiting in MoMA

For his current exhibition Project 102 in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Beloufa made his architectonic installations by hand, using the inexpensive materials and techniques. His interesting combination of sculptures and moving images creates unique viewing spaces. Treating the projections like objects, he is spreading images onto different surfaces. The artist asserts the technological development with the social moment by revealing the cables and presenting the images through closed-circuit television. In the center of his presentation is a video People’s passion, lifestyle, beautiful wine, gigantic glass towers, all surrounded by water. In a film which imitates popular genres of science fiction and infomercial, a group of people in the undetermined city with lots of enthusiasm describing them adore of urban culture.

Finding the hidden truth with the reverse perception

Neïl Beloufa - Maya in SP, the effect, the cause and the fall, 2014, photo credits exhibitions
Neil Beloufa – Maya in SP, the effect, the cause and the fall, 2014, photo credits

The Twisted Perception

His installations sometimes contain different modular pieces, which consists of common objects. Creating the multidimensional representation, this works engages the viewer to jump from one suggestion to another. Having the familiar landscape in front of them, the visitors are often confused by unusual propositions and layout of the objects. For example, in work Maya SP, the effect, the causes and the fall, the viewer meets with something far from his understanding. With the reverse perception of the common objects, he is trying to find a hidden truth of the old historic event. Using the material which can be bought in the store, Baloufa is showing his interest in standardization. Although they are made of familiar stuff, his installations have a unique stamp, some kind of signature when the artist marks them with his own pee or the cigarette butt.

Beloufa creates the documents of his videos

Neïl Beloufa - Production value (instalation view), 2013, copyright Neïl Beloufa gallery zero
Neil Beloufa – Production value (instalation view), 2013, copyright Neil Beloufa

The Filmmaker and The Sculptor

Always trying to make the relation between the observer and the fiction he sees, Baloufa claims that film is not happening on the screen, but in the middle of one’s relation to it. He aims to provoke people to ask questions, he wants them to be caught, but not believe it. His films have specific conceptual frames, but the sculptures and installations have their own presence. Creating the documents of them, he is trying to represent the life as the parasite, bringing the experience towards the understanding in the real time. With the attempt to create a linear platform, Baloufa wants to place everything on the equal level. Considering himself as an editor, not a sculptor or a filmmaker, he is the one who edits the content and ideas.

Neïl Beloufa lives and works in Paris.

All images used for the illustrative purpose only

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Project 102: Neil BeloufaMoMA, New Yorksolo
2015Counting on People La Casa Encendida, Madridsolo
2015Counting on People Spain Galleria Zero, Milan, Italysolo
2015Counting on People Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin, Germanysolo
2015Counting on People Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germanysolo
2015FIAC Ghebaly Gallery, Paris, Francegroup
2015Ten Rooms, Three Loggias and a Hall Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany group
2015AVATAR AND ATAVISM Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany group
2015Transparencies Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germanygroup
2015YARAT Art Center Baku, Azerbaijangroup
2015Cultivating Culture ICASTICA, Arezzo, Italygroup
2015Neil Beloufa, Julien Creuzet: Scroll infini La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, Francegroup
2015Exhibition of the 4 Marcel Duchamp Prize nominated artists Carré d’Art Contemporain de Nimes, Nîmes, France 2014tgroup
2015Here and Elsewhere New Museum, New York, USAgroup
2015Taipei Biennale Taiwan Shanghai Biennale, Chinagroup
2015Europe Europe Astrip Fearnley Museet, Oslo group
2015Future Generation Prize Shortlist Exhibition, Kiev, Ukrainegroup
2015Memory Palaces Carlier Gebauer, Berlin, Germanygroup
2015DERRIERE, APRES LES CHUTES Clearing, Brussels, Belgiumgroup
2015The Stuff that Dreams are Made of, Too CLEARING, New York, USA group
2015Neil Beloufa and Sayre Gomez Art Basel Hong Kongduo
2014En Torrent Et Second Jour Fondation Ricard, Paris, France solo
2014Superlatives and Resolutions Mendes-Wood, Sao Paolo, Brazil solo
2014Counting on People The Banff Centre, Canadasolo
2014Counting on People ICA, Intitute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom solo
2013Speaking About Best François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USAsolo
2013Production Value Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USAsolo
2013Dissident Futures Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USAgroup
2013Mécaniques des fluids Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire group
201312ème Biennale de Lyon, Entre-temps Brusquements… et ensuite, Lyon, France group
2013The Unicorn, The Power Station Cleveland Art Museum, Dallas and Cleveland, USA group
201355th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace Venice, Italy group
2013Love Is Colder than Capital Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austriagroup
2013Fruits De La Passion, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France (curated by p.a.c.)group
2013Beloufa, Bourouissa, Binet ZERO, Milan, Italygroup
2013Screens Murray Guy, New York, USAgroup
2013Unruhe der Form. Entwürfe des politischen Subjekts Wiener Secession, Austria group
2013Better Homes, SculptureCenter New York, USAgroup
2013Triennal der Kleinplastik in Fellbach Stuttgart, Germanygroup
2013The French Haunted House SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul, Koreagroup
2013No one lives here Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom group
2012Les Inoubliables prises d’autonomie Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Francesolo
2012Institut Francais Amman, Jordan solo
2012Documents Are Flat 4 Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austriasolo
2012Functions of Light Balice Hertling & Lewis, New York, USA solo
2012WSR Audi Talent Awards, Fiac, Paris. Francesolo
2012Frieze NY Ghebaly Gallery, New York, USAgroup
2012Remainder Hillary Crisp Gallery, London, United Kingdom group
2012La Triennale: Intense Proximity Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France group
2012Deep Space François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angelesgroup
2012Superpower : Africa in Science Fiction Arnolfini Contemporary Art center, Bristol, United Kingdom group
2012Permanent collection, level 4 Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France group
2012Science Fiction in Africa Arnolfini Contemporary Art Center, Bristol, United Kingdom group
2012Edificio Métalico, TEOR-eTica San-José, Costa Rica group
2012Los Pasos Perdidos Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, Austria group
2011 An Archived Topics Art Basel Miami, Galeria Zero, Miami, USA, solo
2011Values Causality Kunsthaus Glarus, Zurich, Switzerlandsolo
2011As Far As We Know The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada solo
2011Les Manques Contenus Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, France solo
2011Kempinski in Stowaways New Museum, New York, USA solo
2011LISTE 16 with Balice Hertling Basel, Switzerlandsolo
2011Changes of Administration Zero Gallery, Milan, Italysolo
2011Le retour Musée Art Moderne d'Alger, Algiers, Algeriagroup
2011Alternative Knowledge Counter-Memories, David Roberts Foundation, London, United Kingdomgroup
2011Idéal #13 Espace croisé, Roubaix, Francegroup
2011Rituel Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, Francegroup
2011Museum Of Display Extracity _Kunsthal Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgiumgroup
2011Soudain, Déjà Galeries d’Exposition de l’École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Francegroup
2011Eattopia Hong-Gah Museum, Taiwangroup
2011Group Show Gallery Balice Hertling and Lewis, New Yorkgroup
2011Impression Soleil, 6B, Paris, FRgroup
2011The Normal Condition For Any Communication Gallery TPW, Toronto, Canadagroup
2011Yet to be titled Gaudel de Stampa, Paris, Francegroup
2011Spacecraft Icarus 13, BAK -Basis Voor Actuele Kunst Ultrecht, The Netherlands group
2011Sympathetic Magic: Video Myths and Rituals Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, USA group
2010The Beautiful Spaces Frieze Art Fair, London, United Kingdom solo
2010Art Forum Berlin Germanysolo
2010Future in Present Tense Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germanysolo
2010Si dans le future les machines à remonter le temps éxistaient, on se le serait dit Biennale de Belleville, Paris, France solo
2010Times BFI-54th London Film Festival, London, United Kingdomgroup
2010Police the Police Young Artists Biennial, Bucharest, Romaniagroup
2010Manifesta 8 Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spaingroup
2010Monsieur Miroir 12th Ricard Foundation Prize, Paris, Francegroup
2010Real Estate Galleria Zero, Milan, Italygroup
2010Actual Fears- Gaps and Vertigo Centre d’Art Neuchatel, Switzerlandgroup
2010Mouvement des Atomes, mobilité des Formes Galerie des Beaux Arts, Paris, France group
2009The Dissociated Designs Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germanysolo
2009Tectonic Plates or the Jurisdiction of Shapes François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USAsolo
2009L’importance des sujets Galerie LHK, Paris, France solo
2009LHK18 Galerie LHK, Paris, Francegroup
2009Etrange familiarité, familière étrangeté Galerie Mongrand, Beaux-Arts de Marseille, Francegroup
2009Idéal #11 Espace Croise, Roubaix, Francegroup
2009Videonale 12 Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germanygroup
2009In Search of the Unknown Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdamgroup
2009Speed of light Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Israel group
2008Six feet under: Kempinski Whitebox, New York, USAsolo
2008The Gatekeepers Momenta Art, Brooklyn, USAgroup
2008The Gatekeepers Hordaland Art Center, Bergen, Norwaygroup
2008Jeune creation Grand Halle de la Villette, Paris, Francegroup
2008Re-reading the future Prague International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech
2008Nothing at the end of the lane The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, USAgroup
2008Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls Dumbo Art Centre, Brooklyn, USAgroup
2008Provocations: The Art of Social Action Johnson Center- GMU, Washington group
200838th International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2008Transmediale 09 Berlin, Germanygroup
200822nd Leeds International Film Festival Leeds, United Kingdom group
2008Les Ecrans Documentaires Paris, Francegroup
200852th Times BFI - London Film Festival Londres, United Kingdom group
200825fps Zagreb, Croatiagroup
200824th Hamburg International Short Film Festival Germany group
200810th VIDEOEX festival Zurich,
200815th -16th Rencontres internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid, Madrid-Berlin, Spain-Germany group
200854th International Kurtzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germanygroup
2008European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck, Germany group
2008Courtisane festival Ghent, Belgiumgroup
20085th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival Bangkok, Thailand group
2008Transmediale 08 Berlin, Germanygroup
2008New York Film and Video festival New York, USAgroup