The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

East Jerusalem

Beat Streuli

The powerful pulse that Streuli’s photographs aim for exists in the street realm of the ‘nobody’. In East Jerusalem, Streuli directs his gaze at the city’s pedestrians and the random circumstances of their lives. In doing so, he expresses a continued interest in the anonymous person on the street. For East Jerusalem, his subjects are young Palestinians, photographed by an impromptu method, characteristic of Streuli’s style. The places and things that his subjects see and inhabit, love or hate are absent. They are photographed unaware, without preparation, and frequently evade direct eye contact with the camera. Each photograph fixates on one individual at a time, transforming the anonymous person into an individual towards whom we direct our attention. It is this consciousness that earns the characters’ recognition, as we identify their everyday random gestures with our own.

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Beat Streuli was born in Altdorf, Switzerland in 1957 and studied at Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and Schule für Gestaltung, Basel and obtained artist residencies at Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Cité des Arts, Paris. A comparison of his works, carried out in diverse cities, reveals recurring patterns and links that unite inhabitants of the sites in a manner that generates positive identification. In this sense, Streuli’s system of representation transcends the personal dramas of his subjects, resists cultural or urban specificity, and relates the city dweller to an anthropological space that invites us to reflect on history without yielding to the pressures of social convention.