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Giant photographic portraits: French photographer JR makes it big in Berlin

4/22/2013 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

French artist JR has transposed his giant photographic portraits of elderly people on to the fronts of buildings in Berlin, part of his "Lines of the City" project which he has already exhibited on walls in Los Angeles, Cartagena, Shanghai and Cuba.


JR owns the biggest art gallery in the world.

He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

After he found a camera in the Paris subway, he did a tour of European Street Art, tracking the people who communicate messages via the walls. Then, he started to work on the vertical limits, watching the people and the passage of life from the forbidden undergrounds and roofs of Paris.

JR's TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

On March 2nd 2011, at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, JR called for the creation of a global art project inspired by his large‐format street pastings : the INSIDE OUT Project. The concept of this project is to give everyone the opportunity to use their portrait to express a cause, a statement or what they stand for. Their actions are documented, archived and exhibited online at for the world to witness.

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