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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ By Jareh Das, New York

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements By Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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At the freshly opened Winsing Art Place in Taipei, works by Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo are being presented in Taiwan for the first time. In this video, the founder of Winsing Arts Foundation, Jenny Yeh, introduces Vo's exhibition.

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JR

b. 1983, France

JR Biography

The charismatic yet anonymous street artist who goes by the name JR combines the art of photography with street-poster pasting on a massive scale. His works typically involve pasting large-scale black-and-white photographs of ordinary individuals from different communities onto city walls, rooftops, or scaffolding structures. The artist has visited cities across the globe, from Rio de Janeiro to Phnom Penh, seeking to give a face to the powerless ordinary person and to stand for their causes and communities.

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Beginning his artistic career as a teenage graffitist on the streets of Paris, JR by chance came upon an abandoned camera and began documenting his fellow underground artists. He pasted his photographs on city walls in 'sidewalk gallery' exhibitions. Later, while working on the series 'Portrait of a Generation' (2004–2006) the artist was inspired by footage of the 2005 French riots to paste photographs of individuals from Les Bosquets on the walls of Paris. The artist sought to rectify the unbalanced coverage and representation of the people of the riots. The artist took his humanising cause overseas for the illegal exhibition Face 2 Face (2007) in Israel and Palestine. Pasting images of Israelis and Palestinians from the same professions making comic faces alongside each other, the artist sought to generate understanding that crossed divides.

After Face 2 Face, JR's practice grew to several simultaneous 'international' projects. 'Women Are Heroes' (2008–2009) began by acknowledging the women coping in the favelas of Brazil, and subsequently spread to cities worldwide. The project culminated in a final work covering the side of a large container ship that departed Le Havre for Malaysia.

Speaking at a TED Talk in 2011, JR proposed to 'turn the world inside out' with an international participatory art project empowering people to put up their own images and speak up about their own causes and experiences. Financed by a $100,000 TED Prize, the artist accordingly began the international participatory art project 'Inside Out' (2011–ongoing).

Departing from his focus on people's faces, in 2016 in collaboration with the Louvre, JR turned to architecture. He made I.M. Pei's iconic glass pyramid 'disappear' into the façade of the palace in the background using an historic photograph and then returned in 2019 with an abundance of volunteers, paste, and paper, to illusionistically extend the pyramid below ground into a false crater. The artist's 'Giants' series (2016) for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was another high-profile project in which huge photographs of unknown competing athletes were erected on scaffolding.

Not limited to the gigantic, JR has held solo exhibitions featuring smaller photographic and installation works in galleries across Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada. He has also exhibited work in the Venice Biennale (2007), the Shanghai Biennale (2010), and the Havana Biennial (2019), and since 2014 has consistently featured at Art Basel. The artist also makes films utilising and documenting his work, including the Oscar-nominated documentary Faces Places (2017) directed by the late Agnès Varda, and the short film Ellis (2015), starring Robert De Niro.

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JR Featured Artworks

The Wrinkles of the City, Istanbul, Ismet Erko̤, Work In progress, Turkey by JR contemporary artwork
JRThe Wrinkles of the City, Istanbul, Ismet Erko̤, Work In progress, Turkey, 2017Inkjet print, dibond, Duraclear, steel frame
65 x 105 cm
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Metal and Puppets, Le Havre by JR contemporary artwork
JRMetal and Puppets, Le Havre, 2015Ink on wood
228 x 363 cm
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JR at the Louvre, La Pyramide, close-up North West angle by JR contemporary artwork
JRJR at the Louvre, La Pyramide, close-up North West angle, 2016Colour photograph, matte plexiglas, aluminium, wood
100 x 100 cm
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JR at the Louvre, La Pyramide, close-up South West angle by JR contemporary artwork
JRJR at the Louvre, La Pyramide, close-up South West angle, 2016Colour photograph, matte plexiglas, aluminium, wood
100 x 100 cm
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Women are Heroes, Elizabeth Kamanga on sea, Le Havre, France by JR contemporary artwork
JRWomen are Heroes, Elizabeth Kamanga on sea, Le Havre, France, 2014Colour photograph, mat plexiglas, aluminium, wood
125 x 235 cm
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JR Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, JR, JR at Perrotin, Paris
Upcoming
11 June–14 August 2020 JR Perrotin, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, JR, Patamar at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
Closed
22 November 2019–21 February 2020 JR Patamar Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
Contemporary art exhibition, JR, The Chronicles of New York City — Sketches at Perrotin, Paris
Closed
11 September–26 October 2019 JR The Chronicles of New York City — Sketches Perrotin, Paris

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JR In Ocula Magazine

Snowed Under: Armory Week 2018 Ocula Report Snowed Under: Armory Week 2018 By Kat Herriman, New York

At the opening of the seventh edition of the Spring/Break Art Show (6–12 March 2018), people were already talking about the blizzard. The neon lights glaring through the windows at number 4 Times Square gave the former floors of Condé Nast an atmosphere of urgency. The exhibition platform, which hosts curator-led projects, seemed as guerilla as...

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JR In Related Press

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The Secret of Artist JR’s Skyrocketing Success Related Press The Secret of Artist JR’s Skyrocketing Success 5 February 2019, Architectural Digest

You've probably heard of the French artist and photographer JR, even if you don't pay much attention to contemporary art. So few living artists are the subjects of a 60 Minutes profile by Anderson Cooper. Then there was the Academy Award nomination last year for the documentary Faces, Places, codirected with the legendary French New Wave filmmaker...

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JR's giant public art gets first show in Middle East Related Press JR's giant public art gets first show in Middle East 22 February 2017, The Art Newspaper

The French artist JR, best-known for his giant art works on city walls, gets his first major retrospective in the Middle East with an exhibition opening at QM Gallery Katara in Doha next month (9 March-31 May 2017).

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Public art by Björk, JR, and Yoko Ono comes to Moscow Related Press Public art by Björk, JR, and Yoko Ono comes to Moscow 24 September 2016, The Creators Project

Most New Yorkers think of Times Square as a barren consumerist wasteland, but one incredible thing does happen there: by turning creators loose on the world’s most famous intersection, Times Square Arts turns it into a gigantic public platform for contemporary performance and visual arts. It’s one of the highest-profile public arts...

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Organizers cancel Turkish Biennial amid fears of government crackdown Related Press Organizers cancel Turkish Biennial amid fears of government crackdown 16 September 2016, Hyperallergic

On Monday, the organizers of the Çanakkale Biennial canceled the exhibition’s fifth edition, which was due to open on September 24. In an official announcement, the Çanakkale Biennial Initiative intimated that the decision was informed by the current regime of repression in Turkey following the attempted military coup against President Tayyip...

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JR In Video & Audio

Alicia Keys x JR opening Perrotin New York Related Video & Audio Alicia Keys x JR opening Perrotin New York 6 July 2018, Perrotin

Alicia Keys x JR live for the opening of Horizontal exhibition at Perrotin New York, June 27, 2018

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French Street Artist JR on His Work, Getting Sued and the U.S. Election Related Video & Audio French Street Artist JR on His Work, Getting Sued and the U.S. Election 27 November 2017, Highsnobiety

JR is a self-described photographer who uses perspective photography to create unique fly-posts on walls. Often drawing inspiration from people and their life stories, JR has produced well-known works that reflect social controversies in society today.

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