The French artist JR has been creating large works of art in public space for more than twenty years. By covering (sometimes illegally) buildings, squares and walls with meters high portrait photos, he gives visibility to people who are often ignored. In this way they, residents of poor neighbourhoods, women, the elderly, immigrants or minorities, get a stage for their story.
JR: Chronicles brings together JR’s most iconic projects. Wall collages, (portrait) photos and registrations of pasting give a picture of his impressive career: from the early graffiti art he created in Paris as a teenager, to his community projects and monumental artworks on buildings in cities around the world. Although JR’s identity is not revealed much further than his initials, we are introduced to his working method, motivation and positivity. With humour, a critical sound and the power of the image, JR puts people and media on edge. Once you have come face to face with JR’s street art, you will also look at your own society from a different perspective.
The book to accompany the exhibition of the same name in the Groninger Museum.