JR describes himself as someone in search of stories that he can tell the world through his projects. He is an artist characterised by marked ethical values which are reflected in his works. When creating a project he is not interested in the place but rather the people that he photographs and the stories behind them. The present site specific installation made for the CAC Málaga has been conceived as a work that will fill the white walls of a museum.
For Fernando Francés, director of the CAC Málaga: “JR is a reflection of the way art generates movements for change, with the street and people as the means of expression. Art allows us to know who we are and what we are capable of.” With the present installation, JR makes visitors feel themselves part of a crowd rather than an individual person.
This is the first project by JR of this type, in which video rather than photography has been the principal support of the work from the outset. On this occasion the artist reversed his normal order of proceeding, given that he first designed the results of the work within a museum and subsequently its process of elaboration. The installation was made inside the Centre during Easter Week.
Through the bodily gesture of raising their heads, more than 300 local people from Malaga stare fixedly at the viewer. With this single, shared gesture they provoke a wide range of sensations and emotions that are transmitted through this action. The videos of each person were filmed individually and subsequently superimposed to create the sensation of unity, with all the figures brought together simultaneously.
JR invites viewers to reencounter themselves through this effect of communion with all the individuals who form part of the crowd and without the necessity to distinguish each one.
UPRISING. An Inside Out project is an installation specifically designed for the CAC Málaga’s central gallery. It consists of an 8 x 14-metre screen which occupies almost the entire space. The structure is devised so that the viewer feels a part of the work at all times. It is influenced by the artist’s Inside Out Project, an “open code” project available to everyone and one that aims to encourage local people’s participation so that as a result of its method they recount their own stories. The Inside Out Project is a continuation of the projects that JR produces and of his ongoing motivation as a creative figure.
JR’s work is characterised by a use of black and white photography devoid of text, a choice that allows him to mark a distance from advertising images or political posters which traditionally make use of colour and involve the presence of a message to be absorbed. By using this technique, JR aims to attract the viewer’s attention and encourage him or her to reflect on the story behind an image that is displayed in a specific location.
JR is a self-taught photographer whose interest in the medium started when he found a camera in a Paris metro station in 2000. His professional career had begun in 1996 when he began to create interventions on the city’s streets. His work has been shown in international galleries and museums, notably the Hoca Foundation in Hong King, the Casa França in Brazil, Tate Modern, London, and the Henrik Springmann Gallery in Germany. In addition, he presented work at the Venice Biennial in 2007. JR’s career to date won him the TED Prize in 2011, making him the first young French artist to receive this award for his commitment to art.
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