Some time ago, in two different posts (here and here), I mentioned an artist and his works. Now, I found some more information on the project of JR, a French photographer and guerilla artist. He puts images of eyes and faces in the urban space, but most frequently it’s not just any space – these are places of special social and political importance: favelas in Rio de Janeiro, “difficult districts” in Paris where the rebellion started, Palestine and Israel…
For his socially involved work in 2011 he had received TED awards.
In this short clip you will see some of the projects and the artist himself speaking about them.
The project that interested me most (although they are all fascinating and I wil probably come back to each of them in detail) is the Face 2 Face project, which concentrated on the Israeli and Palestine people, their relations and feeling towards each other.
Since the artist seems to be very friendly with the multimedia, here is the trailer on the project:
In their own words: “The Face2Face project consists of taking portraits of Palestinians and Israelis doing the same job and posting them face to face, in huge formats, in unavoidable places, on both Israeli and Palestinian sides. We want, at last, everyone to laugh and to think by seeing the portrait of the other and his own portrait.”
What they call “a largest illegal photography exhibition ever” show us just how similiar we all are, inregardless of the language and what the politicians say…