STREET LIFE: JR & JOSE PARLA TAKE “WRINKLES OF THE CITY” TO HAVANA, CUBA
Soul brothers and longtime Supertouch buddies JR and Jose Parla just wrapped up a quick trip to Havana, Cuba where they collaborated on a new installment of JR’s ongoing “Wrinkles of the City” project. For those who’ve been sleeping, French social activist street artist JR has been canvassing the world for the last decade covering city walls with giant-scale photographs of their most disenfranchised and marginalized inhabitants in an effort to shift the power dynamic in urban centers. In doing so, Jr brings attention to the people who populate cities but often have little or no power over what goes on in them. New York-based Artist Jose Parla was born in Miami to Cuban parents and often returns to his spiritual homeland where, on this trip, he was able to add his storytelling, text-based calligraphy to JR’s portraits to narrate the stories of Havana’s streets and their vibrant but anonymous residents.
All photographs by JR & Jose Parla
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