The name JR might not be one that gains instant recognition when mentioned but with his latest piece of work he is set to become a household name. The Inside Out project started in 2011 and features over 120,000 participants and counting.
The idea behind the project is to give the individual a platform to express to the world what they stand for using just one portrait of themselves. These portraits are then pasted onto wall spaces across many of the world’s biggest cities.
Famed for his street photography pastings and thought provoking photos this looks set to be one of JR’s biggest projects yet.
The man himself remains relatively illusive, as seems to be the culture of some of the world’s most notable artists. However, unlike his peers such as Banksy JR’s face can often be seen with sporting a big grin speaking in his unmistakable French twang.
A winner of the prestigious TED prize, JR has given two talks to a TED audience where he posed the question “can art change the world?” and followed up by saying ”Maybe we should change the question, can art change people’s lives?”
Giving a speech on the Inside Out project for a TED talk in California, JR said
“I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”
To see more of the Inside Out project click here to see what happened when team Fraiche member Gerald went down to Sommerset House to see the project for himself.
Images via The Guardian and JR’s official site