JR

b. 1983, France

JR Artworks

JR unites the art of humanising photography with street-poster pasting on a large scale. His works typically involve pasting massive black-and-white photographs of ordinary individuals from different communities onto city walls, rooftops, or scaffolding structures.

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Women Are Heroes

JR's practice, after Face 2 Face, developed into several wide-reaching '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.

Inside Out

Speaking at a 2011 TED Talk, JR made a proposal to 'turn the world inside out' with an international participatory art project that would empower people to put up their own images and give them a voice to speak to their own causes and experiences. Funded by a $100,000 TED Prize, JR subsequently began the international participatory art project 'Inside Out' (2011–ongoing).

Architectural Illusions

Departing from his focus on faces, in 2016 JR turned to architecture in a collaboration with the Louvre. The artist made I.M. Pei's iconic glass pyramid seemingly 'disappear' using an historic photograph of the façade of the palace behind. JR returned in 2019 with an abundance of volunteers, paste, and paper, to illusionistically extend the pyramid below ground into a false crater.

JR's 'Trompe L'Oeil' series (2018–2021) similarly explores this interest in architecture and illusion. Imagined spaces and false interiors are implied in a trompe l'oeil effect created with black and white posters on the facade of civic buildings such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Florence's Palazzo Strozzi, and the Farnese Palace that houses the French embassy in Rome.

Chronicles

Since 2017 JR has worked on a series of epically-scaled Diego Rivera inspired participatory murals. Representing a particular place or social issue the works are a composite of hundreds of individual portraits of people from the subject community incorporated together in a singular scene. JRs latest edition, The Chronicles of New York City (2019), presents a diverse cast of 1,128 New Yorkers, acting out a scene in a massive mural.

Omelia Contadina

JR's performance-based 'Omelia Contadina' (2019–2020) began out of an interest in the plight of local farmers in the Alfina Plateau in Italy. It highlights common challenges faced by traditional smallscale farmers: protecting their environment while living well from their work in the face of corporate agricultural giants encroaching on their way of life.

Since the first instance of the project in 2019 JR has organised funeral-like processions in which 30 metre long printed portraits of members of the affected communities are carried through the landscape and Eulogised over. These processions have taken place on the Alfina Plateau around the villages of Castel Giorgio and Onano, along the Canals of Venice, the streets of San Gimignano in Tuscany, and at Lake Cawndilla, near Menindee, Australia.

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Unframed, Man Ray revu par JR, Femme aux cheveux longs 1929, horizontale, Vevey, Suisse by JR contemporary artwork print
JR Unframed, Man Ray revu par JR, Femme aux cheveux longs 1929, horizontale, Vevey, Suisse, 2010 Colour print mounted on dibond
125 x 188 x 7 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
28 Millimètres, Women are Heroes, Downtown Monrovia, Liberia by JR contemporary artwork photography
JR 28 Millimètres, Women are Heroes, Downtown Monrovia, Liberia, 2008 Colour print mounted on dibond
125 x 188 x 7 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Tehachapi, Daytime, Triptych, U.S.A. by JR contemporary artwork photography, print
JR Tehachapi, Daytime, Triptych, U.S.A., 2019 Colour print, mounted on dibond, mat plexiglas, american flushed walnut frame
160 x 264.5 x 9.2 cm
Pace Gallery
Tehachapi, Mountain, February 7, 2020, 10:10a.m., U.S.A. by JR contemporary artwork photography, print
JR Tehachapi, Mountain, February 7, 2020, 10:10a.m., U.S.A., 2020 Colour print, mounted on dibond, glass, oak wood frame
105.1 x 160 cm
Pace Gallery
Tehachapi, Mountain, February 7, 2020, 6.48p.m., U.S.A. by JR contemporary artwork photography, print
JR Tehachapi, Mountain, February 7, 2020, 6.48p.m., U.S.A., 2020 Colour print, mounted on dibond, glass, oak wood frame
105 x 160 cm
Pace Gallery
The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America, Work in Progress #2, USA by JR contemporary artwork print
JR The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America, Work in Progress #2, USA, 2018 Relief ink jet print, laser cut cardboard, vinyl, and printed duraclear
72 x 153 x 7 cm
Pace Gallery
The Chronicles of San Francisco, Glass #3, USA by JR contemporary artwork print, mixed media
JR The Chronicles of San Francisco, Glass #3, USA, 2018 Floated glass, 8mm opti white, engraved, stainless steel fixing shoes, matt brushed
154.9 x 154.9 cm
Pace Gallery
The Chronicles of New York City, Domino Park, USA by JR contemporary artwork photography, print
JR The Chronicles of New York City, Domino Park, USA, 2020 Colour print, dibond, matt Plexiglas, American flushed wooden black frame
100 x 150 cm
Pace Gallery
JR au Louvre et le Secret de la Grande Pyramide, 30 Mars 2019, 11H06 © Pyramide, architecte I. M. Pei, musée du Louvre, Paris, France by JR contemporary artwork photography, print
JR JR au Louvre et le Secret de la Grande Pyramide, 30 Mars 2019, 11H06 © Pyramide, architecte I. M. Pei, musée du Louvre, Paris, France, 2019 4 colour print on paper, mounted on a cotton canvas, aluminium frame, offset plate, silkscreen printing, light oak frame
185.5 x 272 cm
Pace Gallery
Migrants, Coeur, Quadrichromie, Jordanie by JR contemporary artwork photography, print
JR Migrants, Coeur, Quadrichromie, Jordanie, 2018 Four colour print on paper, mounted on a cotton canvas, wood frame, offset printing plate
158 x 234 cm
Pace Gallery
The Wrinkles of the City, Istanbul, Ismet Erko̤, Work In progress, Turkey by JR contemporary artwork print
JR The Wrinkles of the City, Istanbul, Ismet Erko̤, Work In progress, Turkey, 2017 Inkjet print, dibond, Duraclear, steel frame
65 x 105 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Metal and Puppets, Le Havre by JR contemporary artwork works on paper
JR Metal and Puppets, Le Havre, 2015 Ink on wood
228 x 363 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Women are Heroes, Elizabeth Kamanga on sea, Le Havre, France by JR contemporary artwork photography
JR Women are Heroes, Elizabeth Kamanga on sea, Le Havre, France, 2014 Colour photograph, mat plexiglas, aluminium, wood
125 x 235 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
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