TED Prize Winner JR Makes Wish, Needs Your Help

Posted by David Ozanich — 4 Mar 2011


This is really awesome and I hope you all do this because - wow - what a great opportunity!

JR, the Parisian street artist known for plastering buildings with large-scale photographs usually depicting the downtrodden, made headlines late last year when he won the 2011 TED prize. The prize affords the recipient the right to make one wish which the organization then finances.

JR's wish was revealed at the TED conference this Wednesday and it's a project called Inside Out. Anyone can upload a photograph of him or herself, a family, a group, etc. Once that's done, JR and his team will turn them into large posters and send them back to you with the hope that you will display the photograph in public. Whether or not this is done with permission, or in JR's guerilla/graffiti style, is up to you.

From the project's website insideoutproject.net:

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project's co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.

INSIDE OUT is a collaboration between the artist JR, the TED Prize and you.

Check out this video to learn more about JR and his work. You can also read the recent in-depth profile of JR that appeared in the New York Times Magazine. Truly, I hope everyone takes the opportunity to participate in this project. It sounds extraordinary.

TED Prize Winner JR & INSIDE OUT from TED Prize on Vimeo.

Via Arts Beat.

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