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Neil Beloufa’s films focus on the slippery line between fiction and real ity. He sets up situations in which both amateurs and professional actors e xplore enigmatic subjects ranging from extraterrestrials to nationalism\, t errorism\, and the future. During his Hammer residency in 2012\, Beloufa pr oduced a new film exploring the iconography of the red bandana. Disparate p olitical movements and subcultures—including gangsters\, hippies\, rock sta rs\, cowboys\, and anarchists—have long adopted the red bandana as a sign o f affiliation or camaraderie. In his installation\, Tonight (2013) Beloufa uses the red bandana as a vehicle in which to examine such subcult ures and how these groups interact with each other and wrestle with existen tial issues when faced with a great catastrophe. Tonight will be s creened in an installation designed by the artist in the Hammer’s video gal lery. Hammer Projects: Neil Beloufa is organized by Ali Subotnick\ , Hammer curator.

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French-Algerian artist Neil Beloufa w as born in 1985 in Paris. He studied at Les Beaux Arts de Paris\, Paris\; L es Arts Décoratifs de Paris\, Paris\; California Institute of the Arts\, Va lencia\, California\; Cooper Union\, New York\; and Le Fresnoy-Studio Natio nal des Arts Contemporain\, Tourcoing\, France. His work has been shown in contemporary art venues as well as in film festivals around the globe. He h as had solo exhibitions at the Kunstraum Innsbruck\, Innsbruck\, Austria (2 012)\; the Kunsthaus Glarus\, Glarus\, Switzerland (2012)\; the Palais de T okyo\, Paris (2012)\; the New Museum\, New York (2011)\; and the White Box\ , New York (2008) among others and has been included in numerous group exhi bitions. He has participated in several film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto\, Canada (2011)\; the International Film Festival Rotterdam in Rotterdam\, the Netherlands (2012 and 2009)\; th e London Film Festival in London\, the United Kingdom (2009\, 2010\, and 20 11) and he received the Grand Prizes at the 54th and 57th Oberhausen Kurzfi lmtage in Oberhausen\, Germany. Beloufa has won many awards\, most recently the Audi Talent Awards\, Paris (2011).

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Hammer Projects is a se ries of exhibitions focusing primarily on the work of emerging artists.

Hammer Projects: Nei l Beloufa is presented through a residency at the Hammer Museum. The H ammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program is supported through a generous gra nt from the Simms/Mann Family Foundation. The residency program was initiat ed with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and is supported through a signif icant grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Hammer Projects is made possible by a maj or gift from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Generous support is provided by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy. Additional support is provided by G ood Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley\; the Department of Cultural Affai rs\, City of Los Angeles\; the Decade Fund\; and the David Teiger Curatoria l Travel Fund.

DTEND:20130825 DTSTAMP:20140828T083714 DTSTART:20130525 GEO:34.0593793;-118.4437966 LOCATION:Hammer Museum\,10899 Wilshire Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90024 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Hammer Projects: Neil Beloufa\, Neil Beloufa UID:271289 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130525T170000 DTSTAMP:20140828T083714 DTSTART:20130525T110000 GEO:34.0593793;-118.4437966 LOCATION:Hammer Museum\,10899 Wilshire Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90024 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Hammer Projects: Neil Beloufa\, Neil Beloufa UID:271290 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR