Grant Recipients Grants to Artists Visual Arts 1997

Zoe Beloff

ZoeBeloff
  • Filmmaker, Visual Artist
  • Born Edinburgh, Scotland, 1958
  • Lives in New York, NY
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  • Additional Information
  • zoebeloff.com

I have to say it was a great year and the grant from the Foundation really made a big difference. I felt really free to go forward with my ideas, follow my intuitions, experiment, and play!

- Zoe Beloff, November 25, 1998

Biography

Zoe Beloff is a filmmaker and visual artist who works with a wide range of media including film, projection performance, installation, and drawing. Each of her projects aims to connect the present to the past so that it might illuminate the future in new ways. Her most recent completed project is The Days of the Commune (2012). She is currently working on a new project called the The IFIF (Institute for Incipient Film) about Sergei Eisenstein and Bertolt Brecht in Hollywood and films they might have made (2015).

Beloff moved to New York from Scotland to study at Columbia University where she received an M.F.A. in Film. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Site Santa Fe, the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp, and the Pompidou Center in Paris. She has been working with the Christine Burgin Gallery on a number of artist projects that include books and prints.

Beloff has been awarded fellowships from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a Professor in the Departments of Media Studies and Art at Queens College, CUNY.

Artist Statement

I work with a wide range of media including film, performance, installation, drawing, and writing. I think of myself as a medium, an interface between the living and the dead, the real and the imaginary. Each project aims to connect the present to the past so that it might illuminate the future in new ways.

My work defies categories. I studied art but didn't want to just make aesthetic objects. I turned to cinema to tell stories. My work seeks to represent those on the margins of society, women, the working class, the dreamers, and utopians. I believe the historical materialist must wrest the articulation of history away from the dominant narrative. He or she must side with the losers of history and from there articulate a new perspective.

I think of myself as a showman. Although I read philosophy, I do not want to work only for those in the world of high art but to speak to everyone, to create art that is entertainment and critical thinking.

- 2014

Picture of a billboard and blue cloudy sky. A transparent film still projection of a silhouette is stamped on the front.

Film still from FCPA-supported A Mechanical Medium, 1999.

An installation forming a hexagon lies on a grassy green material on the ground.A transparent still film projection of a face is stamped on the top middle of the picture.

Film still from FCPA-supported A Mechanical Medium, 1999.

A black and white image of an abandoned space full of cables, oil drums and tubes. On the left collaged the cartoon character doraemon looks at a ball with a question mark above its head. On the opposite end of the panorama image, is a collaged image of Paul Mccartney en face smoking.

FCPA-supported interactive work WHERE WHERE THERE THERE WHERE, 1997-2010.

A black and white panorama image of buldings surrounded by snow. In the front right closest to the viewer an image of a figure wearing horns on top of their head and holding a cleaning supply in their hand is clogged on a building's broken window.

FCPA-supported interactive work WHERE WHERE THERE THERE WHERE, 1997-2010.

A black and white panoramic image of a room. In the middle of it stands a figure surrounded by the collaged number 0 and 1. On the left corner of the image near the window is a transparent still projection of a small figure with a light bulb as a head.

FCPA-supported interactive work WHERE WHERE THERE THERE WHERE, 1997-2010.

A black and white panoramic image has in the center of it closest to the viewer a face half covered by shadows. Behind it another figure lies on the floor their angled hand supporting their head.

FCPA-supported interactive work WHERE WHERE THERE THERE WHERE, 1997-2010.