Leif Gaute Staurland’s video works and artistic projects have since the mid 1990s focused upon issues regarding belonging and personal relationships in a conflicted and socially alienated everyday life. Through a tight editing and shifts between a documentary approach and staged, dialogue driven stories, Staurland’s videos investigates into emotional and psychological states within individuals and their confrontations with the institutions and structures of the external world.
These structures can surface as the gentrification of urban space, public reception areas, or the anonymity of life in the big city suburbs. Through a mix of seemingly random small talk and dramatic shifts in sentiments, the videos open up for perspectives on the different, the social, and the emotional, often with a slightly humouristic touch. Staurland's art practice develops a socially searching and responsible document of a world under the rising global pressure.