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Guns in America: A TIME and JR Project

JR "The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America" (detail), 2018. © JR / TIME.

JR "The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America" (detail), 2018. © JR / TIME.

About JR

JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. He creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on the buildings of Paris, the favelas in Rio, the separation wall in the Middle-East or the border between the US and Mexico. JR received the TED Prize in 2011, after which he launched hisInside Outproject, an international participatory art project that allows people worldwide to get their picture taken and paste it in public spaces to support an idea and share their experience. In 2013, JR presented his first museum retrospective in the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, followed by Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden in 2014 and the HOCA Foundation in Hong-Kong in 2015. In 2016, he was invited by the Louvre to create a site-specific artwork where he made the famous Louvre pyramid disappear through a surprising anamorphosis. He has additionally directed short movies includingLes Bosquets, 2014 andELLIS, 2015 starring Robert De Niro as well as feature documentaries includingFaces, Places, 2017 co-directed with the French filmmaker Agnès Varda and nominated for the Academy Awards in 2018.