Global Agreement Neil Beloufa

The faces are young soldiers from different backgrounds, each being interviewed about their lives inside and outside the military. “The real war is here every day,” says a man who drives a car; “I don`t need to talk about politics in my country,” said another, shouting from home. “Boom, boom, boom,” recalls one woman in a hanging egg chair, “it was so noisy – and we were naked!” These intimate dialogues reveal memories, personal convictions and habitats, but also retain a sense of universality underlined by the uniformity of their presentation. This is what is necessary in the exhibition itself: the screens are arranged in such a way that everyone can observe how others observe – voyeurism is a very public matter here. Beloufa has created a large number of profiles on different social networks to get in touch with the community and learn it through the different exchanges. In their Facebook and Instagram profiles, soldiers usually use some form of self-representation, often in fashion and lifestyle industry poses. In their personal video interviews with the artist, they talk about their daily professional life, their hopes and fears in their possible and real interventions and their permanent experience in the service of their country. In “Global Agreement”, the artist raises questions about the physical presentation as well as the reception and involvement and/or positioning of the viewer. . . .

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