Since the 1990s, every shot taken by the artist Beat Streuli, while founded in a solid conceptual framework, inevitably invites us to plunge into the spontaneous movement of daily life in the city. Immersed abruptly in this mass, we are confronted with some figure or detail of urban life. We are transported by these videos.
The videos bear witness to the artist’s awareness of the places he appropriates here, including Dubai. We glimpse the contradictions and tensions of the city – the portraits of Indian and Pakistani workers contrasting with the phantasmagorical world of Dubai. Streuli’s approach, which allows spectators to both engage with and remain distant from this set of evocative images, presents the living and the built-up environment of cities with an objectivity which goes beyond the moment.