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 in only 10 days on the containers with the dockers of the port. This photo was taken from the morning that the ship left 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. Portraits and eyes of women were pasted on a train in Kenya, a Favela in Brazil, a demolished house in Cambodia. They gave their trust and they asked for a single promise “make my story travel with you”. It has been done on the bridges of Paris and the walls of Phnom Penh, the building of New York, etc. 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 of what is in the other containers on the boat: stuff from people leaving a country to build a different life in another region, goods that will be transformed, worn, eaten in a different country. We have no idea where and how people will see this artwork but we are sure that some women far away will feel something today, and in Le Havre, we are exhausted and proud.
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Just received another great image from this @insideoutproject in Bangladesh. They did this Inside Out last year in a region I have never been to. This is what they wrote to go with the photo : This action is in honor of the millions of women working in the Bengali garment industry: leading the struggle for socio-economic justice in one of the world's poorest, and most densely populated countries now synonymous with sweatshops. Earlier this year (2013), the Rana Plaza collapse killed over 1,100 workers and became the second deadliest building collapse in history, next to 9/11. The installation went up on the waterfront of Dhaka's largest slum village, Korail, on Sept. 13th, 2013. Home to over 150,000 rural-to-urban migrants attempting to move into the city and out of poverty, the houses covered with prints are actually garment workers.The eyes look up into the high rise lofts of two of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the capital, 'we're watching you.' The message is Dignity In Industry.
Since June 4th, JR's installation "Au Panthéon!" is open to the public. Thousands of faces collected in March 2014 from photos that were uploaded to the website www.au-pantheon.fr, and at nine national monuments through an Inside Out PhotoBooth truck create this monumental work that surrounds the drum of the Pantheon's dome, and covers the floor inside the monument.
JR’s installation covers the dome, the cupola, and the floor of the Pantheon. The outside artwork will be exposed throughout construction on the Pantheon’s upper parts, whereas the inside installation will remain until October 5th, 2014.
More photos below.
At Power Station of Art, a recent museum, often compared to the Tate Modern in Shanghai, an exhibition highlights JR's work from Portrait of a Generation to Unframed (2010-14) and Inside Out. JR shows how in different contexts and around the world he managed to involve the people in the creative process in order to create monumental and singular actions based on black and white outdoor pastings. In the same time, at Magda Danysz gallery, JR's latest works are presented. An Inside Out Photobooth Truck travels around Shanghai for two months. The team also did pastings in the city. Until July 5th, 2014. Details here and more pictures below.
Les Bosquets, the ballet created by JR on a music by Woodkid, in collaboration with New York City Ballet, was presented at Lincoln Center during XX1st Century Week, from April 29th to May 4th. You can see a video here and check out images below!
To coincide with the special occasion of the Premiere of "Les Bosquets", the ballet created by JR in collaboration with 41 dancers from New York City Ballet, on an original music by Woodkid, with guest dancer Lil Buck, our friends from Social Animals are releasing this exclusive lithograph by JR. It's an edition of 180, printed in the same place in Paris where Picasso, Chagall, Matisse used to make their lithographs.
You can get it here: http://www.social-animals.net
On April 29th, 2014, JR will present the Premiere of Les Bosquets, the ballet he created in collaboration with New York City Ballet, on an original music by Woodkid, with guest dancer Lil Buck. JR's debuts as a choreographer will involve 42 dancers on stage. Les Bosquets is inspired on JR's first art project, Portrait of a Generation, and by the riots that happened in France in 2005.
Six nights, at the David H Koch theater at Lincoln Center, from April 29th to May 4th.
Tickets and information available here.
Last month, dancers from New York City Ballet visited JR's studio, The Family, in New York City. Getting ready for Les Bosquets, the ballet JR has created with them, premiering at Lincoln Center on April 29th!
More pictures below.
JR is presenting a solo exhibition at the Museum Frieder Burda, in Baden Baden, Germany - a retrospective of his career, with a special Inside Out photobooth installation. His UNFRAMED project is also coming to Baden-Baden. As a large-scale project in the city’s urban space, UNFRAMED BADEN-BADEN addresses German-French history and the friendship between the two countries. By putting up posters featuring historical photographs from people’s private photo albums in Baden-Baden’s historic city, JR places the theme in a new context. In the run-up to the exhibition, citizens of Baden-Baden were invited to participate and submit their own personal material. The city has always been a link between Germany and France where, after decades of enmity, the reluctant rapprochement between the two countries is palpable.
Until June 29th, 2014
An article announced today the ballet I choreographed for New York City Ballet, on a music by Woodkid, with dancer Lil Buck and 41 dancers from New York city ballet - 6 performances from April 29th to May 4th, get your tickets on www.nycballet.com !
Read the article on : http://nyti.ms/1fI1W8I
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