October 4,2019 - May 3, 2020
Long overdue, JR, the world renown artist/photographer is now getting his first U.S. retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum. Since the early 2000’s the streets of Paris and other major cities around the world have come face to face with some alluring images of the people that inhabit those cities. JR, known for his 28mm up close portraits of his subjects is now being honored with his first North American retrospective. The show called “JR Chronicles,” begins with his early work as a street artist. It all began with a camera he found in the Paris metro in 2000.
His early work was capturing his graffiti friends and blowing up the photos to paste them to the exterior of buildings throughout Paris. Not shying away from social injustice, the artist then began using his platform to engage the audience on issues related to the Gaza Strip, the Mexico and U.S. border, poverty in Brazil, to name a few. In 2018 he started a project called “Chronicles of New York City,” where he photographed and interviewed over 1,000 with a mobile truck that would then go across the U.S.
This soaring multimedia installation traces JR’s career from his early documentation of graffiti artists as a teenager in Paris to his large-scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide to his more recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse publics. The centerpiece of the exhibition is The Chronicles of New York City, a new epic mural of more than one thousand New Yorkers that is accompanied by audio recordings of each person’s story. All of the projects on view honor the voices of everyday people and demonstrate JR’s ongoing commitment to community, collaboration, and civic discourse.
JR’s work reminds us that we are all one in the same. That no matter what your background is, where you were born, or what ethnicity we are all collectively human and our pursuits in life are all the same. Now more than ever, we need artists like JR to remind us all. Check out some of the photos below and make sure to check out the show if in New York.
Show runs from October 4th - May 3, 2020
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Images by: JR Studio
Words by: JC Rodriguez
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