The city’s the best gallery I could imagine. I would never have to make a book and then present it to a gallery and let them decide if my work was nice enough to show it to people. I would control it directly with the public in the streets. JR
JR is a semi anonymous French graffiti street artist with one wish, to turn the world inside out using art.
He started capturing images of his graffiti work with friends with a camera he found on a subway, and it all started from there.
He later started illegal guerilla art by pasting massive photographic images on buildings, trains, bridges, you name it. In 2007, he pulled off the biggest illegal photo exhibition entitled ‘Face 2 Face’ which was based on the concept of taking a photo of a Palestinian and Israeli and placing them right next to each other on both sides of the security fence.
He gets in his subjects’ faces with a 28mm wide-angle lens, resulting in portraits that are unguarded, funny, soulful, real, that capture the spirits of individuals who normally go unseen.
JR has travelled to many places around the globe with his project forcing the citizens to be the audience to his street exhibitions when they least expect it. It brought many questions and provoked curiosity.
Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy. Actually the fact that art cannot change things makes it a neutral place for exchanges and discussions and then enables you to change the world. – JR
Help JR fulfil his wish, yes you. Help him turn the world inside out by going to this website insideoutproject.net
You can also stay up to date with what’s happening on their Facebook Page and Twitter
Also check out JR’s personal website www.jr-art.net