JR in London

Luana from the IOP Team
JUNE, 25TH 2021

After an inaugural exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, JR: Chronicles travelled to London and will live at the Saatchi Gallery from June 4th to October 3rd 2021.

Over the past two decades, JR has expanded the meaning of public art through his ambitious projects that give visibility and agency to a broad spectrum of people around the world. Showcasing murals, photographs, videos, films, and archival materials, JR: Chronicles is his largest solo museum exhibition to date in the UK.

Inaugurated the same day and on view until July 3rd 2021 at Pace Gallery, JR : Eye to the World brings together artworks from several significant bodies of work, and explores JR's unique view of humanity as he transcends borders, politics, and cultural identity through the camera lens. 

The Inside Out Photobooth Truck visited Battery Park in New York last week, in celebration of JR's new movie Paper and Glue which premiered on Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival.

JR's practice is rooted in his deep commitment to collaborating with individuals and communities alike. His work is characterized by large-scale photographic interventions in urban environments that address cultural and political issues, often with an emphasis on social justice. In parallel, Pace and Perrotin Gallery in New York will also display work from JR's recent project in Tehachapi, California. 

Simultaneously, JR's Inside Out Photobooth truck hit the streets of London to transform the city with thousands of photographs of Londoners for a unique celebration of the UEFA EURO 2020, showcasing the ability of football to bring people together.

Started on June 13th with a spectacular installation of over 1000 portraits on the Tower Bridge, the Inside Out Photobooth truck has visited five locations across the city to invite Londoners working or living close by to have their photo taken and pasted on pavements, roads and buildings.

The project has reimagined Granary Square in King's Cross, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, Lewisham Town Hall in Catford, and in the Royal Docks on the Royal Victoria Dock and surrounding footpath. Its grand finale will be this Saturday, June 26th at Lewisham Town Hall.