NEÏL BELOUFA. GLOBAL AGREEMENT

AUGUST 23 – OCTOBER 28, 2018

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting a new work by the award-winning video and installation artist Neïl Beloufa. For this the artist has created walkable sculptural installations in the Schirn Rotunda, which is freely accessible to the public, as well as in an adjoining exhibition space. The exhibition “Global Agreement” is dedicated to the human body and its discursive and political importance. It shows Neïl Beloufa’s latest interest in the army, weapons, fitness, beauty, and the body cult as well as in the staging of power. Power is a central, recurring theme in his work—the social conflict between majority and minority, between dominance and oppression, as well as the power of images for our perception of reality. 

Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting a new work by the award-winning video and installation artist Neïl Beloufa.

The question why people join the army was the starting point for several interviews with male and female soldiers from different countries via the video chat service Skype. Beloufa established a variety of profiles in different social networks for research purposes in order to establish contact with the community and to learn about it through the various exchanges. The soldiers mostly use a specific form of self-representation in their profiles on Facebook and Instagram—often in poses adopted from the fashion and lifestyle industries. In these video interviews with the artist, they talk about their everyday working routine, how they live, for example in the respective military camps and bases, their reasons for joining the army, their hopes and fears during their possible and actual assignments, and their lasting experiences while serving their country. Beloufa presents a selection of the interviews on monitors. In the adjoining exhibition space he screens a film which consists of the material of the interviews.

By examining established structures of power—including, incidentally, those of the art business—he invites us to recognize their absurdity.
Philipp Demandt, Director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

NEÏL BELOUFA. GLOBAL AGREEMENT

22.08.2018 | The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting a new work by the award-winning video and installation artist Neïl Beloufa from August 23 to October 28, 2018. For this the artist has created walkable sculptural installations in the Schirn Rotunda, which is freely accessible to the public, as well as in an adjoining exhibition space.

The exhibition “Global Agreement” is dedicated to the human body and its discursive and political importance. It shows Neïl Beloufa’s latest interest in the army, weapons, fitness, beauty, and the body cult as well as in the staging of power. Power is a central, recurring theme in his work—the social conflict between majority and minority, between dominance and oppression, as well as the power of images for our perception of reality. The question why people join the army was the starting point for several interviews with male and female soldiers from different countries via the video chat service Skype. Beloufa established a variety of profiles in different social networks for research purposes in order to establish contact with the community and to learn about it through the various exchanges. The soldiers mostly use a specific form of self-representation in their profiles on Facebook and Instagram—often in poses adopted from the fashion and lifestyle industries. In these video interviews with the artist, they talk about their everyday working routine, how they live, for example in the respective military camps and bases, their reasons for joining the army, their hopes and fears during their possible and actual assignments, and their lasting experiences while serving their country. Beloufa presents a selection of the interviews on monitors. In the adjoining exhibition space he screens a film which consists of the material of the interviews.

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WALL PANEL OF THE EXHIBITION "NEÏL BELOUFA. GLOBAL AGREEMENT"

22.08.2018 | The multiple work “Global Agreement” is a new production by Neïl Beloufa for the Schirn Kunsthalle. It starts here in the Rotunda and leads via the outside staircase to a gallery room on the second floor. From there the route continues through the circular gallery around the Rotunda, where the work ends.

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Film of the exhibition

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Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

Neïl Beloufa. Global Agreement, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause

Neïl Beloufa, Portrait, Photo: Polly Thomas

Matthias Ulrich, Curator of the exhibition, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Photo: Gaby Gerster