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Beat Streuli

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Untitled, 2005

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DESCRIPTION: This work consists of large translucent portraits applied to sections of glazing on the west wall of the INS Hall. Each portrait is approximately 12 feet by 10 feet. Passengers in the INS Hall will be able to view the Skylink train as it passes behind the images on each section of glazing. The portraits consist of North Texas residents, but are anonymous to represent the diversity of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

"They [the images] will form a kind of welcoming committee for the arriving passengers waiting to go through immigration. A broad spectrum of people will be represented, a mixture of Texans, but also foreign travelers, in some ways a mirror of the people waiting in the INS Hall, and at the same time a first hello from the locals.

"My work has always been about travel, movement from one metropolis to another, both in a physical sense and as an exchange of ideas. The people portrayed in my photography and video work can be found on the streets of any of a number of cities in the world. They are part of the crowd and thus anonymous.

"The large-scale public works I have produced so far are a reflection of these faces in the crowd. As outdoor billboards or transparencies mounted in facade windows the photographs are as seductive as large-scale advertising, but without having a product to sell. The individuals portrayed remain anonymous, but gain an importance as if they were famous characters.

"International airports today increasingly resemble cities. In proposing a work for the DFW International Airport, I would place emphasis on the city as a place of transition."

BIOGRAPHY: Born 1957 in Altdorf, Switzerland. Since 1990, Streuli has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows throughout Europe. Primarily a photographer and video artist, numerous publications throughout the world have featured his work. The artist currently resides in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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