Foto-Streetartist JR wins TED Prize

JR, dessen Arbeiten ich hier auch schonmal hatte, der riesige Bilder von Augen und Gesichtern auch mal über ganze Stadtteile klebt, der die Gesichter von Israelis und Palestinänsern, die denselben Job machen, nebeneinander Jerusalem aufhing (Face2Face), der auch mal Visuals für die Bühnenshow von Massive Attack macht und dessen Arbeiten ihre Wurzeln in den Pariser Banlieues kurz vor den Riots haben, hat den mit 100.000 Dollar dotierten TED Prize 2011 gewonnen. Für noch mehr grandiose Mindfuck-Arbeiten. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

JR creates pervasive art that spreads uninvited on buildings of Parisian slums, on walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa or in favelas in Brazil. People in the exhibit communities, those who often live with the bare minimum, discover something absolutely unnecessary but utterly wonderful. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Elderly women become models for a day; kids turn into artists for a week. In this art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.

After these local exhibitions, two important things happen: The images are transported to London, New York, Berlin or Amsterdam where new people interpret them in the light of their own personal experience. And ongoing art and craft workshops in the originating community continue the work of celebrating everyone who lives there.

As he is anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/ interpreter.

This is what JR is working on. Raising questions…

Congratulations to the 2011 TED Prize Winner: JR (via Swiss Miss)

Die New York Times über den Preis für JR: Award to Artist Who Gives Slums a Human Face.

It’s not common for important philanthropic prizes to go to people whose work involves criminal trespass and who make statements like the following: “You never know who’s part of the police and who’s not.”

But the TED conference, the California lecture series named for its roots in technology, entertainment and design, said on Tuesday that it planned to give its annual $100,000 prize for 2011 — awarded in the past to figures like Bill Clinton, Bono and the biologist E. O. Wilson — to the Parisian street artist known as J R, a shadowy figure who has made a name for himself by plastering colossal photographs in downtrodden neighborhoods around the world. The images usually extol local residents, to whom he has become a Robin Hood-like hero.