Artist

J R

Via New York, NY, USA

JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. In 2006, he created Portrait of a Generation, which comprised portraits of suburban “thugs” that he posted in huge formats in the bourgeois districts of Paris. This illegal project became “official” when the Paris City Hall wrapped its building with JR’s photos. In 2007, with Marco, he created Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal exhibition ever. He also posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. In 2008, he embarked on a long international trip for Women Are Heroes, a project in which he highlighted the dignity of women targeted during conflicts. He also created The Wrinkles of the City, which spotlights elderly persons in cities around the world. In 2010, his film Women Are Heroes was presented at Cannes. In 2011 he received the TED Prize, after which he created Inside Out, an international participatory art project. His most recent projects have involved a photobooth truck in Times Square, a collaboration with the New York City Ballet, a huge installation at the Pantheon in Paris, the pasting of a container ship and an exhibition in the abandoned hospital on Ellis Island. JR remains anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, choosing instead to leave space for interpretation and questioning.

 

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