Invited by The Armory Show, JR’s “So Close,” presented by Artsy and Jeffrey Deitch at the entry to Pier 94, faces us with a line of immigrants, waiting. The archival image from Ellis Island is updated with Syrians’ portraits JR took at the Zaatari refugee camp.
Like his recent image of baby Kikito along the U.S.-Mexican border, these supersized silhouettes are sited at a symbolic point of entry. Their scale--like the history and identity of this country—is impossible to ignore.
The Armory show took place March 7-10 2018
PIERS 92 & 94 in New York City