Inside out Project- JR and Karen Whiteread

I have been following the work of JR and his fellow contributors, one in particular, a friend of mine, Karen Whiteread. The project is one that incorporates other artists and covers a wide range of countries across the world. The images are portraits only, in black and white, and basically represent the idea of giving people a voice. Raising awareness of culture today around the world.

On March 2, 2011, JR won the TED prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world. This project is called INSIDE OUT.

Inspired by JR’s large‐format street “pastings”, INSIDE OUT gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.

Each INSIDE OUT group action around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online. Over 120,000 people from more than 108 countries have participated.

The INSIDE OUT project has traveled from Ecuador to Nepal, from Mexico to Palestine, inspiring group actions on varied themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change… Discover the extent of the project through some selected actions.

I also participated, by pasting my portrait on Somerset House, as part of a project to raise the profile of the project. I am beginning to think about this as a possibility as a way of presenting my work. Perhaps i could paste images of the bridge on the legs underneath, or portraits and become part of the project myself.

I am begining to think about this as a possible way to present my work. Perhaps pasting my photographs of the bridge underneath on the legs or portraits of the contributors I am working with.


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