“I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.” – JR
Here at Save the Artist, we have an intense respect for community art projects that get everyone involved in making the world a more inspiring place. You may have seen our feature about Candy Chang’s “Before I Die” project that brought together many small communities with common aspirations. Here’s a project with an even wider reach, a global effort to reveal the human condition in a completely honest way – JR’s “Inside Out.”
Some of you may have heard of this incredible worldwide project. You may have even seen a display like this in the city you call home. The mission is to use large-scale black and white photographs to illustrate the message of our personal and societal identities. The project started with one man – taking images and plastering them around the slums of Paris. Since then, it grew into a worldwide phenomenon, and now anyone can participate.
The movement and it’s participants now represent many different causes and demographics across the globe. There’s really no limit to the way this project can be applied. For more about the project and its beginnings, check out this video which includes a few words from JR, creator of the Inside Out movement and winner of the TED prize 2011:
Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal (and even TED agrees, and they would know). Hell, being a part of this project could make us all part of a bigger deal. Community art projects are the kind of thing that don’t just hang in galleries and add a tiny bit of culture to our lives. These projects change more than just one person – they are set in motion to change thousands, and the whole *point* is to be a part of it!
2000 sq. meters of new roofs are covered with huge photographic art - Kibera, Kenya