Artist JR – Street art raising questions across the world [24 Pics]

JR -Street art - Phnom Penh, Kid in front of eyes, March 2009.

Street art – Phnom Penh, Kid in front of huge photographic street art eyes, March 2009. (www.jr-art.net).

Introduction

Photographic street art by one artist (J.R.) in locations all over the world. JR is an anonymous artist who does not explain his huge full frame portraits of people making faces. He leaves leaves it to the passer-by to do their own interpretation of the photograph.

” J.. R..? – What do your initials stand for?”

Can’t say

JR has been awarded the 2011 Annual TED prize. The prize is given to “exceptional individuals” devoted to changing the world. The TED genie grants those prize recipients One Wish to Change the World — as well as $100,000. Congratulations JR!

JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum discover something absolutely unnecessary. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.

JR owns the biggest art gallery in the world. He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not the museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

All photos below have been published here with direct written permission given by www.jr-art.net [24 Photos]

Massive Attack Stage, Paris

Massive Attack Stage, Paris (www.jr-art.net).

JR - Portrait

JR – Portrait (www.jr-art.net).

portrait of a generation. Byron, La Forestiere Ghetto, Clichy-sous-Bois 2006

Portrait of a generation. Byron, La Forestiere Ghetto, Clichy-sous-Bois (93, France). 2006 (www.jr-art.net).

Street art -portrait - pasting in the 20th district of Paris.

Street art – portrait of a generation. Byron, La Forestiere Ghetto, Clichy-sous-Bois (93, France). 2006 photographic street art pasting in the 20th district of Paris. (www.jr-art.net).

Women Are Heroes in the Favela, Morro da Providencia, Rio de Janiero. August 2008

Women Are Heroes in the Favela. Giant art photographs cover much of the buildings. ” Morro da Providencia”, Rio de Janiero. August 2008 (www.jr-art.net).

Women Are Heroes in the Favela, Morro da Providencia, Rio de Janiero. August 2008

Women Are Heroes – huge photografic art in the Favela ” Morro da Providencia”, Rio de Janiero. August 2008 (www.jr-art.net).

Street art -Women Are Heroes. Stairs at the entrance of Rio's Favela, Morro da Providencia. August 2008

Women Are Heroes. Art on stairs at the entrance of Rio’s Favela “Morro da Providencia”. August 2008 (www.jr-art.net).

Street art -Women Are Heroes. Stairs at the entrance of Rio's Favela, Morro da Providencia. August 2008

Women Are Heroes. Photographic art on stairs at the entrance of Rio’s Favela “Morro da Providencia”. August 2008 (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Face2Face on the Separation wall - Security fence, Jerusalem. March 2007.

“Face2Face”. Portrait art on the Separation wall; Security fence, Jerusalem. March 2007. (www.jr-art.net).

“Street art – “Face2Face” – Giant art potraits on the Separation wall – Security fence, Jerusalem. March 2007. (www.jr-art.net).

Train art -Women Are Heroes in Kibera Slum - Kenya. January 2009

Train art – Women Are Heroes in Kibera Slum – Kenya. January 2009 (www.jr-art.net).

rooftop art in Kibera

JR foundation has recovered new 2000 square meters of rooftops, transformed with art photography, in Kibera to further seal the community houses. Women Are Heroes in Kibera Slum – Kenya. January 2009 (www.jr-art.net).

2000 square meters of new roofs are covered with art

18 months after the first action, 2000 square meters of new roofs are covered with huge photographic art. Women Are Heroes in Kibera Slum – Kenya. January 2009 (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Carthagene, Spain

Street art – Carthagene, Spain (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Carthagene, Spain

Street art – Carthagene, Spain (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Carthagena, Spain, Musee de Refugees Museum - Los Surcos de la Ciudad project

Carthagena, Spain, Gigantic potrait street art on Musee de Refugees Museum – Los Surcos de la Ciudad project (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Culturel Center, Cartagena - Spain

Huge face photograph on Culturel Center, Cartagena – Spain (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010

Art photo on water tank, “Wrinkles of the City”, Shanghai 2010, Opening Saturday 23rd October 2010 at the Shanghai Art Museum for the biennale and Sunday 24 october 2010 cat Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010

Face of asian man covering his ears, street art on the side of a building – Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010 (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010

Face of man closing his yes, art photograph on the side of a partly demolished buiding – Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010 (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010

Giant photograph of man person holding his ears on rooftop. Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010 (www.jr-art.net).

Street art - Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010

Photos of laughing faces on the side of stairs. – Wrinkles of the City, Shanghai 2010 (www.jr-art.net).

Autoportrait - JR

Autoportrait of the mysterious artist “JR” (www.jr-art.net).

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