# PHOTOGRAPHY /// Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out by JR

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.

Thanks Hiroko!

Get Involved

Want to organize a group action?

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)


Want to get involved in another way?

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)


Interested in supporting INSIDE OUT financially?

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

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3 Comments on “# PHOTOGRAPHY /// Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out by JR

  1. C’est marrant mais moi j’ai toujours pris JR pour un guignol qui utilisait la misère du monde pour se faire mousser !!
    faudra un jour qu’on m’explique en quoi ces actions ont changé quelque chose là où il est passé. Que ce soit au Brésil ou au Kenya personne n’a été capable de me répondre.
    Après demain je serai à Nairobi, je vais de nouveau mener mon enquête ;-)

    • Je pense qu’il le dit tres bien, c’est une histoire de moment. Le moment de la curiosite et du projet commun. Le cote “changer le monde” est de toutes facons une terminologie suspecte issue du capitalisme liberal a la Bill Gates qui consiste a amasser le plus d’argent possible en profitant du systeme puis se payer une conduite en en donnant aux gens qui sont exploites par ce meme systeme, donc “changer le monde”, c’est pas l’objet interessant ici.
      Je ne parle meme pas du fait que JR ait su capter l’attention des medias et du coup vehiculer des images de lieux dans le monde, car je ne suis pas sur effectivement que ca ait deja “change” quoi que ce soit. Non, il s’agit juste du moment ou il est sur le terrain et ou ce dialogue avec les locaux s’effectue. De plus, je trouve son discours sur l’elitisme de l’institution du musee tres bien vu et c’est l’essence du street art de participer a un art qui n’a besoin d’aucune autorisation ni de reconnaissance.

      En tout cas, tu as bien de la chance d’aller au Kenya, je t’envie !!! Enjoy !
      A bientot


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