JR at the Henrik Springmann gallery – Berlin (Gipsstrasse 14 – D – 10119)
From 17.04.2013 to 25.05.2013
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday : 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm; closed on Mondays
[T]he artist known as JR is among the most innovative figures on the international contemporary art scene. Born in France in 1983, JR lives in Paris and New York. He displays his black-and-white portrait photographs all over the world as gigantic posters, pasted up primarily on buildings. JR works on each project in highly varied locations and with different cultural and contemporary connections. The very nature and special characteristics of this spacial and thematic content are, at the same time, the subjects of JR’s artistic work. They can be seen in the faces of the people he photographs in close-up. The over-sized portraits grab our attention on the spot, on the place where they have been posted up, often taking us by surprise with their directness. JR wants to use this visual impact as the basis of his communication with us.
In April 2013 JR is working on over 15 buildings in the Berlin city limits, within the context of his project ‘The Wrinkles of the City’. Just as he has already done in Cartagena, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Havana, JR is now portraying here older people who have lived through the changes and upheavals of their city. Their individual life stories and what they have gone through show up in their facial features just as Berlin’s history does on the buildings where JR posts up the portraits.