Travel Tuesday: Street Art to Turn the World “Inside Out”
Part of the thrill of traveling is becoming witness to each city or town’s unique art along the way. Whether it’s an architectural wonder, a city park with style or a museum you step into for the afternoon, art can be seen almost anywhere and everywhere. That said, there’s no style quite as prominent as street art — and perhaps no street art endeavor as meaningful as that of the Inside Out Project.
Pioneered by French street artist JR, the Inside Out Project is a large scale (worldwide) participatory art project that asks people to snap a black and white photograph of themselves using the Inside Out Project site that will help to “share the untold stories and images of people around the world.”
From the Inside Out Project About page:
“These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.”
JR’s Inside Out photos have been pasted around the world, from New York to Israel. As Matador Network‘s recent blog post stated, the artist’s posters have already made impacts across the globe; “JR sent posters to Tunisia, where people pasted their faces over billboards of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali during the social protests that sparked the Arab Spring. He sent posters to North Dakota, where members of the Dakota and Lakota tribes pasted pictures of generations of their people as a reminder to their city that Native American communities still exist in America.”
Interested in participating? Check out the Inside out site here.
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