The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

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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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Born in Altdorf, Switzerland in 1957, Beat Streuli 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.

Solo exhibitions include Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany (2011); Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland (2007/2011); Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig, Germany (2010).

Group exhibitions include National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2009); Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2008);Tate Modern, London (2006).

More information can be found on his website