Inside Out, Giza
October 27-November 10th, 2022
Become Part of JR's Installation at the Giza Pyramids
After the success of Greetings from Giza in 2021, JR has brought the Inside Out Project to Egypt as part of Forever Is Now II. Passersby are invited into a unique, pyramid-shaped photobooth where they can take a portrait and become part of a monumental JR installation.
Each portrait is transformed into a larger than life, black and white poster that is printed nearly five meters in the air. Participants watch as their portraits float down into an attendant’s awaiting arms. After collecting their poster, participants can paste their image on one of three billboards outside of the booth. With their portrait set against the backdrop of the ancient Pyramids, participants become co-creators, collaborators, and protagonists in the long artistic history of this site.
JR’s participatory art installation will be running from now until November 10th, from 9am to 4pm, and visible until November 30th.
JR has been creating installations at monumental cultural sites for years, and pyramids are his specialty. In 2016, he was asked to create a work at the Louvre in Paris. When he visited the museum to plan his project, he noticed that people travel across the world to see the Louvre, but, upon arriving, they quickly turn their back on it to take a selfie. Inspired by this irony, he created an anamorphosis that made the Louvre pyramid disappear.
JR’s installation at the Giza Pyramids approaches our society’s enthusiasm for selfies at touristic spots from a new angle. Rather than look away from the monument for a photo, participants make a statement in front of the 4,500-year-old site through their portraits and interact with the pyramids by pasting their poster. While the faces on the billboards are continuously pasted over with new portraits, the backdrop of the magnificent pyramids remains the same. Participants and passersby alike are invited to reflect on the ephemeral in a place where time takes on another meaning.
Forever Is Now II is an inspirational contemporary art exhibition that shows the work of 12 leading international artists and is organized by Art D’Egypte with the support of UNESCO. The installations are placed along a trail around the 4,500-year-old heritage site at the Giza Plateau, inviting visitors to consider past and present conditions as well as the relationship between nature and technology. The exhibitions address questions such as: What is the nature of our relationship to land amid our increasingly inhabited digital realities? How do artists become agents of change? How can we reshape the future?
For the first Forever Is Now exhibition last October, JR created a trompe-l'oeil in front of the Pyramid of Khafre. Over those four weeks, over 500,000 people visited the exhibition. This year, JR’s installation activates the sacred site by involving the entirety of the surrounding community.
Participate in JR’s special exhibition at the Pyramids in Giza this fall. This is your opportunity to make a statement at this ancient site.