Neïl Beloufa

November 2015

Neïl Beloufa (1985, Paris) studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; and later at CalArts, Valencia; and Cooper Union, New York. He has had solo presentations at the MoMA, New York (2016); the Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin (2015); the ICA, London (2014); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013); the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); and the New Museum, New York (2011), among others, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. His films have been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (2011); the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2009, 2012); and the London Film Festival (2009, 2010, 2011).

Like many artists of his generation, Neïl Beloufa takes an interest in how the web, social media and emerging technologies have undermined and transformed the traditional value and hierarchy of images, our relations with them, or how we use them. While defining himself more as an “editor” than a sculptor or cineaste, he creates site-specific sculptural or architectonic environments that are themselves ambiguous. Beloufa plays on the edges of solid and void, high and low tech, hierarchies of form, function and materials to build an actual setting for his filmed video works as well as for live-stream closed-circuit images. His videos often subvert familiar cultural artifacts or audiovisual forms, such as different kinds of TV shows, questioning truth and falsehood, turning the codes upside-down while involving non-professional actors in a "low-tech teleplay aesthetic {…} The main raw material of his films, sculptures and installations is what actually exists and how it is interpreted," explored "without moral judgment, cultural cynicism or any kind of irony."

During his residency at Kandovan, Neïl Beloufa will present excerpts of some of his films and past exhibitions and talk about his practice over the years.

The visit of Neïl Beloufa to Tehran is made possible through the generous support of French Embassy in Tehran.