The French street artist JR has just been awarded the $100,000 TED prize. The prize gives money to one person each year to enable their “wish” to be fulfilled. JR’s wish is for us all “to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.” The Inside Out Project involves people submitting black and white portraits which are then turned into over-sized posters and sent back to the submitter for display in their community.

JR’s work has been essentially this: displaying portraits writ large of community members within the community. He has captured the faces of the banlieues of Paris, both sides of the wall dividing the Israelis and Palestinians, and the slums of Kenya Sierra Leone and Brazil. The video below gives a good history to his work and shows some stunning examples of it in situ.

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