Neïl Beloufa – Global Agree­ment – SCHIRN

The SCHIRN presents a new work by the award-winning video and instal­la­tion artist Neïl Beloufa. For “Global Agree­ment” (2018) Beloufa created walk­able sculp­tural instal­la­tions in the Schirn Rotunda, which is freely acces­sible to the public, as well as in an adjoining exhi­bi­tion space. An inter­view collage on film will be visible on various moni­tors in parts of the sculp­tures. The inter­view collage is dedi­cated to the human body and its discur­sive and polit­ical impor­tance. It shows Neïl Beloufa’s latest interest in the army, weapons, fitness, beauty, and the body cult as well as in the staging of power. Power is a central, recur­ring theme in his work—the social conflict between majority and minority, between domi­nance and oppres­sion, as well as the power of images for our percep­tion of reality. The video is based on inter­views that the artist conducted with male and female soldiers from different coun­tries via the video chat service Skype. The film as an artistic medium consti­tutes the focus and point of depar­ture in Beloufa’s oeuvre. Fiction and reality fuse in Beloufa’s videos. Viewers become irri­tated by their own percep­tion and even­tu­ally can no longer distin­guish between truth and false­hood. In “Global Agree­ment” the artist raises ques­tions concerning phys­ical presen­ta­tion as well as the recep­tion and involve­ment and/or posi­tioning of the viewer. Like the film narra­tive in “Global Agree­ment,” ulti­mately the video is not completed yet. Beloufa leaves the ques­tion regarding a contin­u­a­tion of the work open—it repre­sents the begin­ning of an inves­ti­ga­tion instead.

Neïl Beloufa (b.1985, France) is a French-Algerian artist based in Paris who works across film, sculpture and installation. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia; Cooper Union, New York; and Le Fresnoy–Studio National des Arts Contemporain, Tourcoing, France. He has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; New Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai; and Institute of Contemporary Art, London, among others. His films have been screened at the Toronto, Rotterdam, London and Berlin international film festivals, and he was awarded grand prizes at the 54th and 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Beloufa is the recipient of the 2011 Audi Talent Award and the 2013 Meurice Prize for contemporary art. His works are in the public collections of Centre Georges Pompidou and the David Roberts Art Foundation. (Tate)

NEÏL BELOUFA. GLOBAL AGREEMENT
23 AUGUST – 28 OCTOBER 2018

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NEÏL BELOUFA, GLOBAL AGREEMENT, 2018, INSTALLATION, ©THE ARTIST & VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2018
NEÏL BELOUFA, GLOBAL AGREEMENT, 2018, INSTALLATION, ©THE ARTIST & VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2018
NEÏL BELOUFA, GLOBAL AGREEMENT, 2018, INSTALLATION, ©THE ARTIST & VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2018
NEÏL BELOUFA, GLOBAL AGREEMENT, 2018, INSTALLATION, ©THE ARTIST & VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2018
NEÏL BELOUFA, GLOBAL AGREEMENT, 2018, FILMSTILL, ©THE ARTIST & VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2018
NEÏL BELOUFA, GLOBAL AGREEMENT, 2018, FILMSTILL, ©THE ARTIST & VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2018