Posts Tagged ‘JR’

AFRICA///STREET LIFE///JR FOCUSES THE EYES OF THE WORLD ON THE WOMEN OF KENYA

February 3, 2009  |  art, Feature, Graffiti, News, Street Art, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

jrkenyaa2.jpg The eyes of the world are on Kenya... French outdoor installation artist (call it “street art” if you must) extraordinaire JR continues his epic 28 MILLIMETER: WOMEN Project with the unveiling this week of his most ambitious stage yet in KIBERA, KENYA. Reconnecting with the subjects he photographed over a year ago in the city—one of the largest slums in Africa—at the start of his mission to portray on a grand scale the unseen and unempowered women of the world, the reunion was an especially poignant moment for the artist. With the help of enthusiastic residents, JR managed to cover 2,000 square meters of local rooftops with photos of the eyes and faces of the women of Kibera, giving them a monumental voice and presence in a city where their own existence is often marginalized.

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WORLDWIDE///ROADTRIPPING///JR AT THE PHOTO PHNOM PENH FESTIVAL, CAMBODIA

December 13, 2008  |  art, Asia, News, Photo Finish, Road Trippin, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

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JR gets jumpy in Cambodia...

French photographer and public art (notice we didn't say "Street Art") phenom JR has had a busy couple of months trekking through Brasil nd India on his way to Cambodia for the PHOTO PHNOM PENH FESTIVAL that opened late last month where he installed a massive succession of images from his "28mm: Women" series, many of which were captured along the way. In commemoration of the event's inaugural year, the artist wrapped, very appropriately, the French Embassy in Phnom Penh with 20 sets of women's eyes culled from his recent photography portfolio that portrays ordinary women around the world—many of whom work as prostitutes in war-torn countries. JR shot this series using a wide-angle 28mm lens that forces an extreme close-up between photographer and subject, resulting in portraits marked by their uncanny intimacy and extreme detail. A truly egalitarian artist whose career focus has been bringing art out of the gallery and onto the streets for the average person to appreciate, often in impoverished areas where local interaction with formal art is nonexistent, JR remains guarded when pressed about the true meaning of his work: "I put [my work] on the street, and sometimes people try to find the exact meaning, but there isn't one. They have to think about it. Most of the time, [my subjects] have to explain the project much more than I do. After all, they are the ones posted up in the street. They are the real heroes of the project." While in Cambodia, JR continued his series by photographing local women and plans to return to the country in February 2009 to install the images guerilla-style across the city, continuing his ongoing dialogue with the streets and his subjects. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///STREET LIFE///JR STORMS MANHATTAN

September 21, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Graffiti, JR, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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It used to be you could get this on any street corner on the Lower East Side for about $5 bucks...

Supertouch buddy/French street art sensation JR has gone big on the streets of NYC's Lower East Side this week in visual preparation for the debut of English artstar-maker STEVE LAZARIDES' upcoming Beautiful-Losers battling "Outsiders" show opening this Friday, September 26th on the Bowery (more on this soon). Meanwhile, innocent New Yorkers can only stand idly by as the streets of their beloved Gotham are stormed by the French like a reverse Norman invasion, albeit with more wheatpaste and fewer bayonets...

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UK///STREET LIFE///JR WRAPS LONDON…

June 5, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

JR ACTION-S- IN LONDON
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We've already mentioned the "STREET ART" show currently on display at London's TATE MUSEUM featuring incredible new paste-ups by French photographer & street artist JR, and now we've got a right bit of video detailing his exploits wrapping buildings around town with his signature gigantic black & white imagery...

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