STREET LIFE | JR’S INSIDE OUT PROJECT IN AFRICA
Images are finally trickling in of French street artist JR‘s Inside Out project street art installations from Atakpame, Togo and Dakar, Senegal in Africa from recent months. Enacted & funded when JR won the TED prize in 2011, the Inside Out Projeect called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world. Inspired by JR’s large-format street art “pastings,” Inside Out gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for in their local communities. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. Each INSIDE OUT group action around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online. Over 120,000 people from more than 108 countries have participated.
His recent installations by local groups in Africa focused on the empowerment of women & children with the theme of Atakpame, Togo’s installation being “Young woman! Leave behind your ignorance; have confidence in yourself and put yourself to work,” while in Dakar, Senegal, 250 Portraits were pasted up with the manifesto that “School access in Senegal should no longer be a chance but a right, for all.”
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