In 2011, the French street artist JR launched a global art project called Inside Out Project that uses photographic images to address issues of social identity. Everyone is invited to participate. Individuals or groups send in their black and white photographic portraits and JR sends back photographic posters to be displayed in the home communities and online. Some of these posters are also visible in New York City. At the moment, a 6-foot photographic mural from the North Dakota Native American series is located by Mulberry and Prince Streets in downtown Manhattan.
The Inside Out website‘s official statement tells us:
INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.
What do you think of this democratic project that combines street art and photography? What do you think would be a good idea for a photographic wall project in your community?
This is the last Discussion Topic that I am posting for the course. You are welcome to comment/post up until Sunday May 20th, the weekend after the final.