Loop 2015: New Street

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Loop 2015: New Street
New Street

The three-screen projection of 'New Street', from Swiss visual artist Beat Streuli, evokes a place that in some senses could be anywhere: an abstract urban area whose elements and people come from all corners of the world to give it a universal flavour. 'New Street' was photographed in the streets of a shopping area in the centre of a city that is often overlooked and underestimated: Birmingham. It's the second largest city in Great Britain, and almost 50 percet of its population is non-white, making it one of the most multi-ethnic cities in Europe. You have to look with your eyes squinted, or look very carefully, or at a certain angle, sideways, or from far away, to find out what it is that makes Birmingham tick. And this is what Streuli does with his camera, focusing on the city's margins, corners, logos, posters, close-ups of its streets and people, their faces and façades, storefronts, traffic and crowds.

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