“I can’t do anything to save the world.”
“Hey JR, your wish is not to save the world but to change the world.”
JR is a guerrilla street artist with a knack for what makes people tick. His curiosity has taken him to the four corners of the world, from Europe and America, to Africa and Asia, where he immersed himself in the local culture, bringing out the feelings and stories of its people.
His method is this: take pictures of individuals, print giant posters of them and paste them anywhere possible. The cities are his canvas – the locals his models, collaborators, and storytellers.
JR’s projects are large scale, ambitious, and provocative in a constructive way. They include
- Portrait of a Generation (portraits of individuals who participated in the Paris banlieues riots)
- Face 2 Face (portraits of Israelis and Palestinians of the same profession, posted side by side in Israeli and Palestinian towns) and
- Women Are Heroes (work that showcases the dignity and resolve of women, who are often the first target in times of conflict)
For his work, JR has been awarded the TED prize for 2011.
As he explains in the video below, his TED prize wish is nothing less than to turn the world inside out…