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Inside Out Soweto - A street art project

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A STREET ART PROJECT

 

 

 “Can art change the world?
Maybe we should change the question:
can art change people's lives?” - JR

 

 

On March 2, 2011, JR, French artist, won the TED prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world. This project is called INSIDE OUT.

Inspired by JR’s large‐format street "pastings", INSIDE OUT gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.

  

 

 

  

The INSIDE OUT project has travelled around the world, from Ecuador to Nepal, from Mexico to Palestine, inspiring group actions on varied themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change... Thanks to the Alliance Française of Soweto and Johannesburg,

 

INSIDE OUT IS NOW IN SOWETO !

 

Soweto is the biggest and most notorious South African township, a real cultural hub and a true symbol of diversity and expression.
For decades now 'doers of Soweto', from all ages, gender and backgrounds, have shaped the city and its life to make it one of the most vibrant places in South Africa.

Since the end of March this year, the organizing team has held 10 photo booths in different places in Soweto, gathering a total of 540 portraits. Several actions will be held in the next few weeks to paste these portraits in the streets.

On Saturday 30 June, the first posters have been put on Eyethu Lifestyle Center with the help of volunteers including people who were walking by!

 

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 There is still a lot of posters to put in the streets of Soweto, if you want to be part of the project stay tuned on the Facebook page Inside Out Soweto .

 

 

 

 

About JR
JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. In 2006, he created Portrait of a Generation, portraits of suburban "thugs" that he posted, in huge formats, in the bourgeois districts of Paris. This illegal project became "official" when the Paris City Hall wrapped its building with JR's photos. In 2007, with Marco, he made Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal exhibition ever. JR posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. In 2008, he embarked on a long international trip for Women Are Heroes, in which he underlines the dignity of women who are often the targets of conflicts, and created The Wrinkles of the City. In 2010, his film Women Are Heroes was presented at Cannes. In 2011 he received the TED Prize, after which he created Inside Out, an international participatory art project that allows people worldwide to get their picture taken and paste it to support an idea and share their experience.

As he remains anonymous and doesn't explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter. That is what JR's work is about, raising questions...

 

For more information contact Soraya Karimi : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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