Collection: JR

Paris, 1983

JR is a French artist famous all over the world for his projects that combine photography, public art and social commitment. Combining different expressive languages he undertakes to stimulate reflections on social fragility.

Starting from the Parisian banlieue more than twenty years ago, JR has taken his art all over the world with monumental public art interventions capable of interacting with large numbers of people and activating entire communities, from the Brazilian favelas to a maximum security prison in California, from the Pyramide of the Louvre to the Egyptian pyramids, from the border between Israel and Palestine to that between Mexico and the United States.

The problems of migrants and refugees, increasingly topical, have long been part of JR's investigation. With the project Déplacé∙e∙s , begun in 2022 and presented for the first time in Turin, the artist traveled through crisis zones, from war-torn Ukraine to the endless refugee camps of Mugombwa, in Rwanda, and Mbera, in Mauritania, Cùcuta in Colombia and in Lesvos, in Greece to reflect on the difficult conditions in which thousands of people find themselves today due to conflicts, wars, famines, climate change and to involve audiences excluded from the artistic and cultural circuit under the banner of values such as freedom, imagination, creativity and participation.

Although ephemeral, JR's art creates an impact on society and the world in which we live. It is made for people and is made with people, revealing the importance of our individual and collective role in improving the present and trying to answer a central question for the artist: can art change the world?

In Turin from 9 February 2023 to 16 July 2023 the first Italian solo exhibition curated by Arturo Galansino. Galleries of Italy, Piazza San Carlo, 156.

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  • JR, Paris 1983 Giants, Kikito, Tecate, Mexico - USA, 2014
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  • JR, Paris 1983 28 millimètres, Woman are heroes, action in Libera slim, Nairobi, Kenia, 2009
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  • JR, Paris 1983 Migrants, walking New York City, 2015
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  • JR, Paris 1983 Havana, Cuba, 2021
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  • JR, Ballerina in containers, on the edge, le Havre, France, 2023
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  • JR, Ballet, Palais Royal, Paris, 2022
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  • JR, No Trespassing, Paris, 2021
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