Lyon, Montpellier, Toulouse, Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville
The world is a blank canvas. Literally. Walls, rooftops, trains, multi-story apartments and shanty towns… JR is an artist that can make use of any structure in his bid to stimulate people to both reflect upon and question the human condition with his work.
His photos have no frames; the frames are actually the world itself. The images come with no explanation; the explanation is your reasonability to carry out. JR, a universal street artist, via his huge black and white thought provoking posters, offers a personal encounter between who is being displayed and who is watching.
Nations joined by art
Starting out as an illegal graffiti artist, JR decided to reflect images of “thugs” on the walls of Parisian suburbs. In an area rife with violence, this project was not to be taken on without a large dose of courage. His black and white posters with their messages took hold of other nations such as Israel and Palestine, two nations on the brink of war which JR managed to bring together with the strength of art. What at the moment comes across as being seems to be an irretrievable situation, actually found moments of peace and union with the help of a committed artist.
This 29 year old, born in Paris, has a mysterious identity and remains unknown to the world on a personal level. As well as photos, he has produced the film “Women are heroes” which was released in February 2011. Social reds offer what little information we can access about him. His facebook page declares: “Art isn´t supposed to change the world, but it can”.
JR won the TED Prize 2011 which rewards world changing ideas. Amongst previous winners are: Edward Burtynsky, Karen Armstrong and Jamie Oliver. JR has even been compared to Henri Cartier-Bresson by Fabrice Bousteau for his work in the field of photojournalism.
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