JR INSIDE OUT
EXHIBITION DATES 11 JANUARY - 09 MARCH 2014
Born 1983 in Paris, France. Currently lives and works in New York. Since 2000, JR has pasted his large-scale photographs in streets throughout the world as a method of exploring personal identity. By merging photography with street art, JR covers entire buildings, walls, streets and other unconventional surfaces with his wheat pasted portraits, creating what he calls “pervasive” art. His work addresses important social issues and gives a voice to the underrepresented.In 2011, JR received the Ted Prize and launched the world’s largest participatory art project INSIDE OUT.
With a mission to turn the world into a public canvas, JR invites participants to publicly stand up for what they believe in by pasting their portraits within their communities. The project has inspired groups across the globe to raise awareness about such topics as diversity, gender-based violence, climate change and gay rights. To date, INSIDE OUT has reached 108 countries, and the likenesses of over 150,000 participants can be seen in such places as the highways of Hong Kong, the walls of the Middle East, the bustling streets of Time Square, the favelas of Brazil and the icy landscape of the North Pole.
To learn how to start your own INSIDE OUT group action, please visit www.insideoutproject.net.
The Inside Out Project photobooth truck was parked inside the Dallas Contemporary during the exhibition. Museum visitors were able to enter the photobooth in the rear of the truck to get their photo taken and watch it print immediately. Each participant is given the option to take their large black-and-white photo to paste themselves out in the public or leave at dc to be wheat-pasted on the gallery walls and floor every Saturday during the duration of the show. Each participant is allowed to take one photograph and is encouraged to make a strong face reflective of their own personal message or feelings.
In addition to the installation at Dallas Contemporary, JR and the INSIDE OUT Photobooth traveled to various locations throughout Dallas creating public art works representing the diverse people of our city. You can view these works at Gulden and Singleton Avenue in Trinity Groves and 417 South Second Avenue in Deep Ellum.
All portraits of participants of Inside Out Dallas can be seen at www.insideoutproject.net/dallascontemporary
Artist — JR
Inside Out Team — Marc Azoulay, Will Hopkins, Josh Geyer
Curator — Pedro Alonzo
Photographer — All Photography by Kevin Todora unless specified on image