For the first Hacking Story Frameworks class task I chose to talk about JR: French photographer, who claims to own the biggest art gallery in the world.

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Photo: Inside Out Project

For the past 16 years JR has been travelling around the world and using city as a canvas to enable local people to say “I was here”. Typically he would go to conflict zones, photograph local people and paste their portraits on the walls using as simple materials as only paper and glue and showing who the real people in those areas are. E.g. in the Middle East he would photograph both Palestinians and Israelis and paste their photos next to one another showing that you cannot really tell a difference of who is who.

Since most of the places he went he would have heard from the media, his art would also create a bridge between the media and local people, enabling them to tell real stories, not the ones we are used to hear. He said: “When you look at local places now, they look back.”

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Palestinians and Israelis. Photo: jr-art.net

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In 2011 JR won a TEDPrize, annual prize given to inspiring individuals to help them change the world. JR’s wish was:

“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.”

With this wish he invited people to participate and show world’s invisible faces: send their own stories they care about, take and send photos and post posters on the walls after they receive it from JR’s team.

Over the course of the first year, 100,000 posters were posted around the world. The world became the canvas:

Save the Arctic. Photo: Inside Out Project
Save the Arctic. Photo: Inside Out Project
Tunisia. Photo: Inside Out Project
Tunisia. Photo: Inside Out Project
Bangladesh. Photo: Inside Out Project
Bangladesh. Photo: Inside Out Project
Pantheon, Paris. Photo: Inside Out Project
Pantheon, Paris. Photo: Inside Out Project
South Bronx. Photo: Inside Out Project
South Bronx. Photo: Inside Out Project
Times Square, New York. Photo: Inside Out Project
Times Square, New York. Photo: Inside Out Project
Times Square, New York. Photo: Inside Out Project
Times Square, New York. Photo: Inside Out Project

More about JR and the Inside Out project can be found here:

http://www.jr-art.net/http://www.insideoutproject.net/enhttps://www.artsy.net/artist/jr

JR’s TED Talks:

 

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