Instagram of the Day: Faces on Walls and Sidewalks
French artist glues down to the walls and sidewalks the large-scale photos featuring social problems.
Since 2000, JR (@jr), a street artist from France, glues large scale photos on walls of buildings, sidewalks and fences. In 2007 he ran an infamously large illegal exhibition, Face 2 Face. In 2012 he created the short film “Women Are Heroes” that features his work. The video participated in the Cannes Film Festival. This April The News York Times Magazine published a photo of his work on the cover.
With his work JR draws attention to social problems. This week he completed a piece featuring an unknown migrant on a building in Philadelphia’s city center. The artist hopes people coming to the city looking for a better life will recognize themselves in the portrait.
"Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia" The piece is a portrait of Ibrahim, a Philadelphia resident who immigrated here from Pakistan. Now, Ibrahim works in a food truck across the street from Dilworth Park. You can find "Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia" on The Graham Building at Dilworth Park. We've found that the best ground-level views are at the corner of 16th and Chestnut Streets, and on Sydenham Street, just south of Walnut Street. Photo by @steveweinik curation @trucatriche pasting @marc @soldatdeplomp @luigerman @anja_rubik @portnord #Philadelphia #MigrantsSerie
In the streets of Balat Neighberhood, Istanbul – Wrinkles of the City project paints a picture of the twentiethcentury by exploring the lives of those who witnessed their cities become scarred by the course of history, economic growth and socio-cultural changes. Its goal was for the elderly’s personal stories to symbolically confront the walls of their city, and for the city and its inhabitants to confront their wrinkles and the stories of their elderly…