zondag 6 maart 2011

Streetart turns the world inside out

JR, until recently a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. His street art brings to light the injustice and difficulties faced by the marginalized all over the world - from Paris to Kenya to the middle East. He does this in an amazing, beautiful way... his way. And I think he deserves a lot of respect to deliver this kind of stunning work (in difficult sometimes dangerous circumstances) that gives people hope and maybe, just maybe get's them to think about things....?

TED Prize Winner JR & INSIDE OUT from TED Prize on Vimeo.

At TED2011 a couple of days ago, where he was awarded with the TED Prize for 2011. He speaks candidly about how he got started, he talks easy, funny and frank and if you've got the time watch it and his believes, it ends with a great wish: for everyone to use art to turn the world inside out.

Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, California

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.
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