JR

Greetings From Giza

Scaffolding, mesh

5.58 m x 3.6 m

2021

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JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, from the suburbs of Paris to the slums of Brazil and the streets of New York, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors and pasting huge portraits of anonymous people, from Kibera to Istanbul and from Los Angeles to Shanghai. In 2011, he received the TED Prize, after which he launched Inside Out, an international participatory art project that allows people worldwide to get their picture taken and paste it to support an idea and share their experience – as of June 2021, over 420,000 people from more than 138 countries have participated, through mail or gigantic photobooths. His recent projects include a large-scale pasting in a maximum security prison in California; a TIME Magazine cover about COVID-19; a video mural including 1,200

38         people presented at SFMOMA; a collaboration with New York City Ballet; an Academy Award nominated feature documentary co-directed with Nouvelle Vague legend Agnès Varda; the

pasting of a container ship; the pyramid of the Louvre; giant scaffolding installations at the 2016 Rio Olympics; an exhibition on the abandoned hospital of Ellis Island; a social restaurant for refugees and the homeless in Paris; and a gigantic installation at the US-Mexico border fence. As he remains anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter. That is what JR's work is about: raising questions ...