1 march - 29 june 2014
The French artist JR (*1983) is one of the most innovative representatives of contemporary art on the international scene. He lives and works in Paris, whereby he consciously keeps his true identity a secret. He applies his oversized black-and-white photographs in the form of monumental posters to buildings, stairways, and walls worldwide. JR thus works in a wide variety of places and in different cultural and historical contexts. He makes the architecture and culture of a city the theme of his works. This is expressed in the faces of the people whom JR takes close-up photographs of with the use of a 28mm lens. Based on this idea, the artist has carried out large-scale projects in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia, including at Times Square in New York and in Marseille, the European Capital of Culture 2013, always with a sociocritical approach and with reference to those being portrayed in terms of form and content.
Curator of the exhibition: Patricia Kamp