Neïl Beloufa, The Enemy of my Enemy, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018
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The multi-layered practice of French-Algerian artist, Neil Beloufa occupies the space between various dichotomies. Reality and fiction, cause and effect, presence and absence are the polarities between which the artist’s work begins to take form. Developing his reflection on these by combining various media, including sculpture, video and painting into single installations, Beloufa masterly manages to deconstruct our contemporary systems of belief by moving between the real and the imaginative.

Situating himself between these polarities, Beloufa’s practice is deeply reflective. Examining established structures of power, incidentally, those within the “creative economy”, whilst dwelling on the authority that is afforded by artists in today’s society, Beloufa eliminates his dominant role by awarding agency to actors or materials, informing one another and coexisting in installations as though they are actors and props on a set.

Rejecting the alias of sculptor, or any alignment to a particular set of practices or creative processes, Beloufa works primarily as an editor, constructing scenarios to facilitate intersections between different meanings that viewers might build independently.

Neïl Beloufa (1985, Algeria) lives and works in Paris. 

The artist’s solo exhibitions include The Enemy of my Enemy, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Global Agree­ment, Schirn Künsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt (2018); Neïl Beloufa, The Pejman Foundation, Teheran (2017); Projects 102: Neïl Beloufa, MoMA PS1, New York (2016); Counting On People, ICA, London (2014); Production Value, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013).

His works have also been presented in institutional collective exhibitions such as Bridging the Gap, Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing (2018); Yellow Creature, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne (2017); AVATAR AND ATAVISM, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf (2015); La Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2013); The Unicorn, Cleveland Museum of Art (2013); 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace, Veneza (2013); Wiener Secession 11th Baltic Triennale, CAC, Vilnius (2012). 


Le Fresnoy‭ ‬‮–‬‭ ‬Studio National d’Art contemporain‭, ‬France
Jury honors‭, ‬Ensba‭, ‬Beaux-Arts de Paris‭ (‬National superior school of Fine Arts‭), ‬France
Jury honors‭, ‬Ensad‭, ‬Arts Décoratifs de Paris‭ (‬National superior school of Art and Design‭), ‬France
CalArts‭, ‬California institute of the Arts‭, ‬Valencia‭, ‬USA
Cooper Union‭, ‬Nova York‭, ‬USA
DNAP‭, ‬Ensba‭

Solo shows

The Enemy of my Enemy, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Global Agree­ment, Schirn Künsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
HYBRIDS, Lustwarande, Tilburg, Netherlands
20xx, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Développement durable, Musée régional d'art contemporain, Sérignan, France
Neïl Beloufa, The Pejman Foundation, Tehran, Iran
Neïl Beloufa: Soft(a)ware, K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai, China
Neïl Beloufa, Projects 102: Neïl Beloufa, MoMA PS1, New York, USA
Schinkel Pavillon‭, ‬Berlin‭, Germany
Counting On People, La Casa Encendida Madrid‭, ‬Spain
Galleria Zero‭, ‬Milan‭, ‬Italy
Wilhelm Lehmbruck‭, ‬Museum‭, ‬Duisburgo‭, Germany
Counting On People‭, ‬ICA‭, ‬London‭, ‬UK
Counting On People‭, ‬Walter Phillips Gallery‭ / ‬Banff Art Center‭, ‬Banff‭, ‬Canada
Superlatives and resolutions‭, ‬Mendes Wood‭, ‬São Paulo‭, ‬Brazil
En torrent et second Jour‭, ‬Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard‭, ‬Paris‭, France
Production Value, Hammer Museum‭, ‬Los Angeles‭, ‬USA
Speaking about the best, Francois Ghebaly Gallery‭, ‬Los Angeles‭, ‬USA
Documents Are Flat 4‭., ‬Kunstraum Innsbruck‭, ‬Innsbruck‭, ‬Áustria
Les Inoubliables Prises d’Autonomie‭, ‬Palais de Tokyo‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France‭
Audi Talent Awards‭, ‬FIAC‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬França
Functions of Light‭, ‬Balice Hertling‭ ‬&‭ ‬Lewis‭, ‬Nova York‭, USA
Art Basel Miami with Galleria Zero‮…‬‭, ‬USA
Topics Values‭, ‬Kunsthaus Glarus‭, ‬Glarus‭, ‬Switzerland
An Archived Causality‭, ‬Looped‭, ‬Saprophyt‭, ‬Vienna‭, ‬Austria
Les Manques Contenus‭, ‬Galerie Balice Hertling‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France
As Far As We Know‭, ‬The Western Front‭, ‬Vancouver‭, ‬Canada
Kempinski in Stoaways‭, ‬New Museum‭, ‬Nova York‭, USA
Liste 16‭ - ‬with BaliceHertling‭, ‬Basel‭, Switzerlands
Changes Of Administrations‭, ‬Galleria Zero‮…‬‭, ‬Milan‭, ‬Italy
Frieze Art Fair‭ - ‬Frame with François Ghebaly Gallery‭, ‬London‭, ‬UK
Art Forum Berlin‭ - ‬with Kai Middendorff Galerie‭, ‬Berlin‭, ‬Germany
Si dans le futur les machines à remonter le temps existaient‭, ‬on se le serait dit‭, ‬Biennale de Belleville‭, ‬Paris, France
Future in present tense‭, ‬Kai Middendorff galerie‭, ‬Frankfurt‭, Germany
Tectonic plate or the jurisdictions of shapes‭, ‬François Ghebaly Gallery‭, ‬Los-Angeles‭, ‬USA
L’importance des sujets‭, ‬Galerie LHK‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France‭
Six feet under‭ - ‬Kempinski‭, ‬Whitebox‭, ‬New York‭, ‬USA

Group shows

Bridging the Gap: A Selection of Nominees of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing, China
Matters of Time, University of California Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts Gallery, Irvine, USA
Yellow Creature, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
Mechanisms, CCA Wattis, San Francisco, USA
The Everywhere Studio, Institute for Contemporary Art Miami, Miami, USA
Jeux, rituels & récréations, Gare Saint Saveur, Lille, France
Au loin les signaux, al lou’lou, Chantier Naval Borg, Marseilles, France
Ten Rooms, Three Loggias and a Hall, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
AVATAR AND ATAVISM, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
Transparencies, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany
YARAT Art Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
Cultivating Culture, ICASTICA, Arezzo, Italy
Neil Beloufa, Julien Creuzet: Scroll infini, La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, France
Exhibition of the 4 Marcel Duchamp Prize nominated artists, Carré d’Art Contemporain de Nimes, Nîmes, France
Future Generation Art Prize‭, ‬Victor Pinchuk Fundation‭, ‬Kiev‭, ‬Ukraine
Future Fictions from the Present‭, ‬Z33‭ ‬House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt‭, ‬Brussels
La référence d’objet n’est pas définie à une instance d’objet‭, ‬École municipale des beaux-arts Galerie Édouard Manet de Gennevilliers‭, ‬France
La loutre et la poutre, Moly Sabata Fondation Albert Gleizes Sablons‭, ‬France‭
Le commerce de la parole, Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart‭, ‬France
The Great Acceleration‭, ‬Taipei Biennial 2014‭, ‬Taiwan‭
Square(s‭), Francois Ghebaly‭, ‬Los Angeles‭, ‬USA
Fulfiment Centre‭, ‬N/V_PROJECTS‭, ‬London, UK
Here and Elsewhere‭, ‬New Museum‭, ‬New York‭, ‬USA
Warm Math‭, ‬Film Center‭, ‬Nova York‭, ‬USA
The Disappearance of the fireflies‭, ‬Collection Lambert‭, ‬Avignon‭, ‬France
Order can not help you now‭, ‬ARGOS‭, ‬Brussels, ‬Belgium
Perspectives on Imaginary Futures, House of Electronic Arts, Basel‭, ‬Switzerland
UHF42-, Apexart‭, ‬New York‭, ‬USA‭
Giving contours to shadow‭, ‬‬Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and SAVVY Contemporary‭, ‬Berlin‭, ‬Germany
To See What is Coming‭, ‬Largo das Artes‭, ‬Rio de Janerio‭, ‬Brazil
The stuff that dreams are made of too‭, ‬c-l-e-a-r-i-n-g‭, ‬New York‭, ‬USA
2‭ ‬solo shows and 1‭ ‬screening‭, ‬Fri Art‭, ‬Centre d’Art Contemporain‭, ‬Friburgo‭, ‬Switzerlands
Memory Palaces, Carlier Gebauer‭, ‬Berlin‭, ‬Germany
Geographies Of Contamination‭, ‬The David Roberts Arts Fondation‭, ‬London‭, ‬UK
Derrière‭, ‬après les chutes‭, ‬c-l-e-a-r-i-n-g‭, ‬Brussels‭, ‬Belgium
Oracular Vernacular‭, ‬MaMo‭, ‬Marselha‭, ‬France
Solar‭, ‬High Line Art‭, ‬New York‭, ‬USA
Dissident Futures‭, ‬Yerba Buena Center of the Arts‭, ‬San Francisco‭, ‬USA
Residence Secondaire‭, ‬MaMo‭, ‬Marselha‭, ‬France
12ème Biennale de Lyon‭, ‬Entre-temps‭, ‬Brusquements‮…‬‭ ‬et ensuite
The Unicorn, The Power station‭ / ‬Cleveland Art Museum‭, USA
Image Employment, MoMA PS1‭, ‬New York‭, ‬USA
55th Venice Biennale‭, ‬The Encyclopedic Palace‭, ‬Venice, ‬Italy
Triennale der Kleinplastik‭, ‬Fellbach‭, ‬DE‭
Screens‭, ‬Murray Guy‭, ‬New York‭, ‬USA
Mécaniques Des Fluides‭, ‬Galerie Cécile Fakhoury‭, ‬Abidjan‭
Unruhe der Form‭. ‬Entwürfe des politischen Subjekts‭, ‬Wiener Secession‭, ‬Austria
Better home‭, ‬Sculpture Center‭, ‬New York‭, ‬USA
The French Haunted House‭, ‬SongEun Artspace‭, ‬Seoul‭, ‬South Korea
No One Leaves Here‭, ‬Royal College Of Art‭, ‬London, UK
Fruits De La Passion‭, ‬Centre George Pompidou‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France
Love is colder than capital‭, ‬Kunsthaus Bregenz‭, ‬Bregenz‭, Austria
Beloufa‭, ‬Bourouissa‭, ‬Binet‭, ‬Galleria Zero‭, ‬Milan‭, ‬Italy
En Plein Air, Henry Art Gallery‭, ‬Seattle‭, ‬USA
11th Baltic triennale‭, ‬CAC‭, ‬Vilnius‭, ‬Lithuania
Deep Space‭, ‬Francois Ghebaly Gallery‭, ‬Los Angeles‭, ‬USA
Remainder‭, ‬Hillary Crisp Gallery‭, ‬London, UK
Superpower‭: ‬Africa in Science Fiction‭, ‬Arnolfini Contemporary Art center‭, ‬Bristol‭, ‬UK
Intense Proximity‭, ‬La Triennale de Paris‭, ‬Palais de Tokyo‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France
Los Pasos Perdidos‭, ‬Galerie Andreas Huber‭, ‬Vienna‭, ‬Austria
Le Retour‭, ‬Musée d’Art Moderne d’Alger‭, ‬Algers‭, ‬Algéria
2001‭, ‬2011‭, ‬Soudain Déjà‭, ‬Beaux Arts‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France
Spacecraft Icarus 13‭, ‬BAK‭ -‬Basis Voor Actuele Kunst‭, ‬Ultrecht‭, ‬Netherlands
Untitled‭ (‬Evidence‭), ‬David Roberts Foundation‭, ‬London, UK
Museum of Display‭, ‬Extra City‭ ‬‮–‬‭ ‬Kunsthal Antwerp‭, Antwerp, ‬Belgium
The Normal Condition For Any Communication‭, ‬Gallery TPW‭, ‬Toronto‭, ‬Canada
Rituels‭, ‬Fondation d’entreprise Ricard‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France
Impression‭, ‬Soleil‭, ‬6B‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France
Idéal‭ #‬13‭, ‬Espace Croisé‭, ‬Roubaix‭, ‬France
Eattopia‭, ‬Hong-Gah Museum‭, ‬Taiwan‭, ‬China
Group Show‭, ‬Gallery Balice Hertling and Lewis‭, ‬New York‭, ‬USA
Yet to be titled‭, ‬Gaudel de Stampa‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France
Sympathetic Magic‭: ‬Video Myths and Rituals‭, ‬Armory Center for the Arts‭, ‬Pasadena‭, ‬USA
Manifesta 8‭, ‬Murcia‭, ‬Espanha‭. ‬Curador

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