JR born 22 February 1983 is a French photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed. His goal is to create something that the world will remember. On 20 October 2010, JR won the TED Prize for 2011.
This Ted video is simply a must see! Discover this symbolic art created by French artist JR. He is witty: “French people don’t get fat”, giving references about French culture “Champs Elysées”, Paris, street art / “art de rue”. This TED talk with French artist JR is inspirational and you’ll be blown away. Listen and enjoy his strong French accent, how he made it, starting in the streets of Paris doing graffiti, rebelling against art galleries, starting making posters exhibits in front of the City Hall of Paris / l’hôtel de ville to creating a global art project!
“The power of paper and glue” with his posters raised an existential question : can art change the world?
He uses a political art form, taking pictures of Israelis and Palestinians workers. Launching the biggest illegal art ever (“face to face” cf. picture) putting an Israeli cab driver poster next to a Palestinian peer cab driver. Using 20 thousand square feet of paper being helped by everyone. People couldn’t tell who was who, couldn’t distinguish the Israelis from the Palestinians. JR is a true breath of fresh air, he is full of hope. The Parisian Flair wanted to share his work. Another of his project: men would pay tribute to women by posting their pictures “women are heroes ” to point out the complicated circumstances of conflicts between the two genders. His goal, his motto is always linked to a cause. He has no corporate sponsors, “no responsibility to anyone expect for himself and the subjects”. Pasting in Los Angeles, covering the MOCA museum but they had to take it down because it could be viewed as advertising. The people told him “make our story travel with you”! That’s the goal. He started using other’s photographies such as Man Ray‘s,very engaged posters against political reactions. For instance, he pasted in Southern Italy against the garbage mafia, a poster of individuals wearing masks to breathe.
Credits: 28 Millimeters, Face2Face by Holy Tryptich, 2006
He hears about events through the media. For example, he learnt about what happened in Rio on T.V. when three students controlled by the army with no papers, were brought to an enemy favela and killed. He decided to go there by himself. He exhibits and his art work was torn apart. But he says: ” the art belongs to the people”. In the favelas he got a green light to exhibit. He then travelled everywhere, Soudan,Kenya, … People would ask, “what is the purpose of your project? “, “why in black and white, don’t you have colors in France”?
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