STREET LIFE: JR’S “UNFRAMED PROJECT” IN MARSEILLES, FRANCE

June 3, 2013  |  art, Streets

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Following his epic "Inside Out NYC" street art takeover of Times Square in New York last month, French social activist street artist JR has just completed installing his latest massive-scale public art project in Marseilles, France. A continuation of his ongoing "Unframed" project that began in 2010, the hardest working man in street art—in conjunction with the Friche Cultural Center—collaborated with locals in the historic Belle de Mai neighborhood to collect personal vintage family photographs from their own archives and then install those images on the sides of buildings around the city. In doing so, JR pays graphic homage to the legacy and growth of a community and transformed a picturesque town into a living photo album. Have a look:

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JR putting in work...

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"This is the final piece in Marseille of the 1966 class photo of one of the inhabitants of the "Belle de Mai" neighborhood - For my project name Unframed I asked people to give me archives images from their private collection and I played with them in their neighborhood. This one was pasted on 5 differents houses using the anamorphic technique." —JR

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"Magic of travels... we litteraly missed each other in every city we both went to in the last 2 months. I just got to Marseille and guess who's chilling..." —JR

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This is a photo from 1946 taken in the school of La Belle de Mai Neighborhood in Marseille...

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...70 years later the students re photographed themselves at the same position than the original 1946 picture —JR

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When you look into Marseille archive images...you also find a lot of people playing "pétanque" —JR

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"This is René Fadda (real name...) he spent 25 years in the french Marines. He participated to my Unframed project because he wanted to wanted to confronts generation and stories... he's in love with his neighborhood even if it has changed a lot. He is a real character. He has only good memories from the navy... even if it was a hard life." —JR

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"Attention to all passengers arriving in Marseille in the Future... this eyes will welcome you. As part of the Unframed project I asked the inhabitants of the neighborhood to bring a photo from their own archives. This is the eyes Fatouma selected. It's her fathers eyes ... she went on a search to find this image contacting her family back there in Algeria... Now those strangers eyes will be their to welcome you in this unique city..." —JR

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"This photo was chosen by Ali, who came Afghanistan 3 years ago to Marseille on a Boat like many people trying to cross the border everyday. Most of the people with him died and he feel special to be alive." —JR

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"This one came from the archives of Georges Cuny. He took this image during a protest against government sevices here in Marseille ! French people love protest..right ?" —JR

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