A plaster model of Algiers war memorial exhibited in Palais de Tokyo

A semi-casted plaster model of Algiers war memorial le Pavois is on display at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, until May 13th 2018. It is part of Neïl Beloufa’s latest exhibition, “L’Ennemi de mon ennemi” (“My ennemy’s ennemy”).


Historique du Pavois d'Alger
©Palais de Tokyo


L’Ennemi de mon ennemi is a project by Neïl Beloufa, commissioned by Palais de Tokyo. It consists of a scenographic dispositive that represents a chaotic and fragmented vision of the ways in which history is written and in which power is legitimized in the contemporary era.

Drawing inspiration from official communication, memorials, museums of war, and political propaganda as well as contemporary events, advertising, and video games, the exhibition explores the interchangeability of strategies and discourses. In doing so, it plays upon the permanent ambiguity between good and evil, heroes and villains, postures and impostures.

The scenographic dispositive, specially created by the artist for this exhibition, integrates works of art, documents, images, artefacts, reproductions and objects that are constantly moved around by robotic elements according to an algorithmic programme. The dispositive thus allows for a constant reappraisal of possible associations, perspectives and meanings.”


©Jean-Pierre Dalbéra


« If there once was a time when artists came up with images that the powers that be didn’t want to see, the powers now incite, desire, consume, and paradoxically represent freedom in this way. So, how to make something which is unusable? » Neïl Beloufa

More details on the exhibition and the artist: http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/fr/evenement/neil-beloufa-0