French artist @JR gave Internetan inside take a look at his work – together with the mission that some mentioned would get him killed.
JR is on the Brooklyn Museum within the days forward of a significant present, “Chronicles,” which surveys his full physique of work for the primary time in North America.
JR challenged stereotypes by highlighting humanity via specificity.
For “Face to Face” he and artist pal Marco photographed Israelis and Palestinians who labored in the identical professions — two actors, two sculptors, two safety guards, two lecturers — once more with every posing how they imagined the opposite would see them. The artists pasted the twin photos on the wall. JR struck up conversations with folks passing by as a cameraman documented; the viewers had bother determining who was from the place.
“Only art can bring you to that complexity and paradox of things,” he says. “That made me realize that the people become the best spokesperson about the work because they’re from there. It really made me realize the power of the community and how they take the project forward,” he provides.
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