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Beat Streuli

Galerie Anne de Villepoix

Beat Streuli’s most recent photographs, made in New York during a long stay in 1994, underscore the particularity of that city, which more than any other in the world is marked by a constant flux of bodies in the streets, bodies that form part of a collective but remain seemingly unaware of each other. Jean Baudrillard described New York as “the city [that] never empties. Everyone is in some way assigned to a stage set. It is practically useless to question the destiny of all the accelerating particles. This absolute mobility is a prodigious phenomenon. This phenomenon almost constitutes a collective work.” What city achieves the transculturality New York does, where all cultures can succeed and seem to be free of their own weight? New York presents a unique kind of fusion.

Until now, Streuli’s work has been articulated around images of the moving crowd; in this new series the artist focuses

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