“New York Chronicles” is a mural project located in the Brooklyn museum it’s an image collage of New York City society. JR, a French artist; created a life-size image of the city given moment across all five boroughs. New York is the most populated city across the US and, it is also the most diverse city in the world when it comes to linguistic multiplicity. Even though New York is a mosaic of neighborhoods it also consists of different groups coexist. JR captured the diversity of its neighborhood and the people that made New York one of the greatest cities in the world.
From the “New York Chronicles” series one thing that stood out was a group of people on their phones taking selfies, on their laptops and other electronic devices. People are usually in a group hanging out and they would have their phone out taking pictures or, have their heads down looking through their phones when they’re with a group of friends. It’s usually the younger generation who have the heads down on their devices. It was created in the 21st century because of how advanced technology has become and how many things you could do on your electronics. People are getting less and less involved with their surrounds and more involved with their phones. The conversation is not as involved as there they were before all these technologies and people are not talking to each other when they’re together.
The series of “New York Chronicles” basically captured a given moment of what is going on in the city. It gives the accuracy of the younger generation with technologies becoming more and more advanced each day. It shows that when everyone gets together everyone is on their mobile devices and no one is making a conversation or interacting with one another. The mural presents what is society today; technologies are taking over us. Everywhere we go we always have our headphones on and phones in our hands. The camera on our “phones always eats first” because we take a picture of the food first then dig in. The baby is always watching something off the screen because the adults don’t want to be bothered by them.
“New York Chronicles” series allows people to realize the issue going around with technologies. It’s an eye-opening mural because the mural reflected on how little interacting we have with the people around us. “Kikito” is also another amazing project where JR photographed a toddler peering over the border wall between Mexico and the US. It made the Viewers think about the political and sends out a very strong message. The child peers over the slatted fence as if it was from the inside of the crib, ready to crawl towards something interesting. But there’s a border-line from going free just like how the Mexicans are the little boy trapped on the inside of the crib.