Neil Beloufa’s films focus on the slippery line between fiction and reality. He sets up situations in which both amateurs and professional actors explore enigmatic subjects ranging from extraterrestrials to nationalism, terrorism, and the future. During his Hammer residency in 2012, Beloufa produced a new film exploring the iconography of the red bandana. Disparate political movements and subcultures—including gangsters, hippies, rock stars, cowboys, and anarchists—have long adopted the red bandana as a sign of affiliation or camaraderie. In his installation, Tonight (2013) Beloufa uses the red bandana as a vehicle in which to examine such subcultures and how these groups interact with each other and wrestle with existential issues when faced with a great catastrophe. Tonight will be screened in an installation designed by the artist in the Hammer’s video gallery. Hammer Projects: Neil Beloufa is organized by Ali Subotnick, Hammer curator.
French-Algerian artist Neil Beloufa was born in 1985 in Paris. He studied at Les Beaux Arts de Paris, Paris; Les Arts Décoratifs de Paris, Paris; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California; Cooper Union, New York; and Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporain, Tourcoing, France. His work has been shown in contemporary art venues as well as in film festivals around the globe. He has had solo exhibitions at the Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria (2012); the Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland (2012); the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); the New Museum, New York (2011); and the White Box, New York (2008) among others and has been included in numerous group exhibitions. 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); the London Film Festival in London, the United Kingdom (2009, 2010, and 2011) and he received the Grand Prizes at the 54th and 57th Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage in Oberhausen, Germany. Beloufa has won many awards, most recently the Audi Talent Awards, Paris (2011).
Hammer Projects is a series of exhibitions focusing primarily on the work of emerging artists.
Hammer Projects: Neil Beloufa is presented through a residency at the Hammer Museum. The Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program is supported through a generous grant from the Simms/Mann Family Foundation. The residency program was initiated with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and is supported through a significant grant from The James Irvine Foundation.
Hammer Projects is made possible by a major 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 Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Decade Fund; and the David Teiger Curatorial Travel Fund.