JR

1983
France

2 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by JR

Clichy Sous Bois

2006

61 x 46cm

2915,45 €

Arched Throw, Montfermeil

2014

30 x 23cm

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JR, born in France in 1983, is an artist who exhibits freely in the streets, communities and public spaces of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Action; it tackles themes such as commitment, freedom, community and identity

JR’s career as an artist began in 2001 when he found a camera in the Parisian Metro. In 2006, he launched Portrait of a Generation, huge-format portraits of suburban “thugs” from Paris’ notorious banlieues, posted on the walls of bourgeois districts in Paris. In 2007, with his partner Marco Berrebi, he created Face 2 Face, which some consider the biggest illegal photo exhibition ever. JR posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities and on both sides of the security fence/separation barrier. He embarked on a long international trip in 2008 for his project Women Are Heroes underlining the dignity of women who are the target of conflict. In 2011, he won the TED Prize for his phenomenal work done worldwide, after which he created Inside Out, an international participatory art project that encourages people worldwide to get their picture taken and paste it up in their home environment. It’s a global platform for people to share their personal stories and contribute a sense of identity to their communities through their participation in a global art project. 

His more recent projects include: a huge installation of Inside Out au Panthéon in Paris, a collaboration with New York City Ballet, Women are Heroes a pasting of a container ship in Le Havre, Unframed on Ellis Island, an Academy Award Nominated feature documentary Visages Villages co-directed with the French New Wave director Agnès Varda, scaffolding installations at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, JR at the Louvre, a huge photographic installation at the US-Mexico border fence, the photographic and cinematographic project Guns in America and the murals The Chronicles of Clichy-Montfermeil (suburbs of Paris), The Chronicles of San Francisco and The Chronicles of New York City. In 2019 JR had solo shows at SFMOMA, San Francisco, and Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA. In 2021 JR: Chronicles is on show at Groeningen Museum (The Netherlands).

JR's blown-up photographs are pasted on mainly urban surfaces such as the sides of buildings, bridges, rooftops and even trains. Not only do they confront the public audience, they help engage audiences where they least expect it while involving their respective communities in an artistic action that consolidates their relationship to their immediate surroundings; JR’s art is about asking questions and opening a conversation between people.