Monsieur JR Goes (Back) to Washington

Well, sort of. The French photographeur (who was responsible for the former “I am Man” mural on 14th and T last year) isn’t actually in D.C. this week, but his Inside Out/ 11M project is and you have an opportunity to participate.

On March 2, 2011, JR won a TED prize and in his acceptance speech, he called for the use of art to turn the world upside down. Inspired by his large-format street “pastings,” he launched Inside Out, a global participatory art project that gives regular people an opportunity to share their portrait to make a statement and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. Here in the District, the 3 day project is part of a sub-category of Inside Out: Inside Out /11M, a new, nationwide effort by JR and the Inside Out Project to raise awareness of the plight of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the US but also create a portrait of America that shows its diversity (we’re all either immigrants or descendants of immigrants after all…)

While each Inside Out project is temporary in nature (like most street art), each action around the world is documented, archived and documented online. So far, over 120,000 people from more than 108 countries have participated. And over the next 3 days, you can too DC!!

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