TED 2011 Prize Winner Brings Humor And Optimism To Slums And Conflict Zones [Video]
JR's new participatory art project allows the whole world to participate.
This year’s TED conference winner has created a global pervasive photography project that seeks to redraw the boundaries between fine art and street art. JR, a Parisian photographer, has become famous for his large-scale photo installations in which he pastes and drapes the faces of urban dwellers in various strife-ridden geographic locations.
He has been creating this type of art since 2003, but his first project to gain substantial notoriety was “Portrait of a Generation” in 2006 when he photographed the “thugs” of the banlieues (the low-income Parisian suburbs) and papered middle-class, bourgeois neighborhoods with these images. This attempt to traverse the barriers between race, class and geographic location would become typical of JR.