Neïl Beloufa was born in 1985 in Paris. 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. Neil Beloufa’s work has been shown in contemporary art venues as well as in film festivals. He has had solo exhibitions at the Fondation Ricard, Paris (2014); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013); the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); the New Museum, New York (2011); Moma New York (2016). Neïl Beloufa has received many other honors, most recently the Audi Talent Award, Paris (2011). 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.
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.