French street artist JR just received TED Prize and gave a lecture about his work that is definitely worth watching. Starting from the roofs and the suburbs of Paris, he developed his art with passion, intelligence and humor in Bethlehem, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Delhi and a lot of other cities in the world. He argues for a democratic art, that does not need any institution to get exhibited and that directly expresses the essence of a place by its people (and more specifically its women).
He now launches a new project that involves the diffusion of the images and posters sent to him by whoever wants to. This can be done on the website of the Inside Out Project:
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.
If you are interested in participating in INSIDE OUT as a group or community, please email us with the following details: your location and the issue or statement you want to your project to express.
Please put your location and GROUP ACTION in the subject line. (i.e. BEIRUT GROUP ACTION)
Do you have a wall you can donate to the project? Interested in helping paste in your local community? Know great people who should participate in the project but don’t have access to a camera or the internet? Let us know!.
Please put your location and GROUP ACTION in the subject line. (i.e. Buenos Aires — Donate a Wall)
INSIDE OUT is not sponsored by any brand. If you want to help fund the project, you can purchase a special TED limited edition lithograph