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Before the movie gets its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on April 26th, discover the making of "Les Bosquets" ,The Story of Ladj Ly, by JR. A film by Vincent Lorca.
The film Les Bosquets brings the audience in a place where art and the power of image interweave. Based on the story of Ladj Ly and the performance of the ballet Les Bosquets of New York City Ballet (2014) inspired by the riots in the French suburbs in 2005, JR reveals its experience in the ghetto of Montfermeil where he created his first project, Portrait of a Generation. This film is a continuation of this 10 years project, for which he uses various means of expression and narration: video archives, choreography and testimony. This short film will be presented exclusively in galleries and museum shows.
"Les Bosquets", JR's latest movie inspired by his Portrait of a Generation and ballet projects, on a music by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Woodkid, will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, in April.
The film "Les Bosquets" brings the audience in a place where art, social uproar and the power of image interweave. Based on the performance of the ballet Les Bosquets of New York City Ballet (2014) inspired by the riots in the French suburbs in 2005, JR reveals its experience in the ghetto of Montfermeil where he created his first project, Portrait of a Generation. This film is a continuation of this project, for which he uses various means of expression and narration : video archives, choreography and testimony.
Discover stills from the film below - and other here.
Just released on www.social-animals.net ! New lithograph : “The Wrinkles of the City, Los Angeles, Oeil froissé 3, 2015” - 89,5 x 67cm / 35 x 26 in. This eye is the reproduction of an artwork that is displayed in the exhibition organized by the HOCA Foundation in Hong Kong until April 12th, 2015. It is part of the Wrinkles of the City project in Los Angeles shot in 2010.
The Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation [HOCA] currently presents a large-scale survey exhibition of JR. Running from 15 March – 19 April 2015, the show highlights JR’s most iconic projects across photography, installation, film and video. The exhibition includes artworks from Portrait of a Generation, Women Are Heroes, The Wrinkles of the City, Inside Out and Unframed, along with a photo booth for visitors to engage with and continue JR’s Inside Out project.
A new lithograph has been released on Social Animals to coincide with this exhibition.
In the meantime, until April 25th, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong presents, “Ghosts of Ellis Island. An Unframed Project, Short Preview” an exhibition of works which document JR’s latest Unframed project—a permanent installation which animates, enlivens and offers unprecedented access to New York’s Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital.
Views of both exhibitions below.
Four years ago, a tsunami hit Japan and destroyed part of the Fukushima nuclear plant. Soon after, JR went there with an Inside Out Photobooth truck, and let it to a group of Japanese artists to allow people from the region to express themselves with their face. One of these artists was Takao Shiraishi ( @takao5020 ), who then joined the team in various projects. Last week, he pasted eyes of locals who suffered from the catastrophe onto huge wooden structures by the sea, near Fukushima. The gigantic eyes appeared on the hill for a couple of days, as a blink of the eyes.
More pictures below.
Check out JR's new lithograph, "The Ballerina in Containers, Le Havre, France, 2014".
This image was taken from a series of photographs done in Le Havre, France with a ballerina from the Paris Opera Ballet. JR brought dancers there this summer during the continuation of his Women Are Heroes project when he pasted a woman’s eyes onto a large container ship. The containers created a unique and inspiring atmosphere that JR enjoyed exploring.
A few weeks ago a 363 meter long ship left the Port of le Havre, France to cross the world all the way to Malaysia. 2600 strips of paper were pasted by JR and his team in only 10 days on the containers with the dockers of the port. Guillaume Cagniard made a movie about this project, entitled RIVAGES, and explains this collaboration :
"I wanted to show through the portraits of dockers an example of a profession embodied by proud and solitary men. Deeply rooted in traditional values, passed on from father to son, these dockers challenge the constant coming and going of ships. I wanted to pay tribute to the various trades in the port, without which JR's project would not have been possible. The port is a very secluded place, closed off by barriers, without any women. One can only become a docker strictly through father-son legacies. That is what I wanted to show with the three generations of dockers stacked on top of each other, watching the boat drift away. Thanks to our exchange, a friendship was born. They joined us to paste the eyes of a woman, the first woman on the port."
In 2007, Women Are Heroes was created to pay tribute to those who play an essential role in society, but who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape or political and religious fanaticism. They gave their trust and they asked for a single promise “make my story travel with you”. Women Are Heroes is ending with a ship leaving a port, with a huge image which turns microscopic after a few steps closer, with the idea of these women who stay in their villages and face difficulties in the regions torn by wars and poverty facing the infinity of the ocean. We have no idea where and how people have seen this artwork but we are sure that some women far away felt something seeing this boat.
Click here to watch the movie. More stills below.
The UNFRAMED Ellis Island project is about bringing alive the memory of Ellis Island, the entry point to America for millions of immigrants. Coming from all over the world, leaving their belongings, their family and their past behind them, with the fear that they may be sent back to it, the presence of these people who have shaped the modern American identity can still be felt in the buildings, although abandoned for the past 70 years. This is the opportunity to interpret the stories of these people through art.
In August 2014, I was invited to work on the abandoned part of Ellis Island. This island, next to the Statue of Liberty, is very symbolic - the gateway to the United States for 12 million immigrants, from 1892 to 1954. On the south side of the island, the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital has been abandoned since 1954. I revisited the archives of Ellis Island and created many installations in these buildings so full in stories.
You can read the story in the New York Times: http://nyti.ms/Y7P9ar
More info and public visits from October 1st, on www.saveellisisland.org !
More pictures below.
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