1983 · France

Artist biography

JR is a photographer who works on the border between art and activism. For him, the streets are a big art gallery and the city is a playground that lends itself to gigantic exhibitions. Since 2001, from Paris to Los Angeles via Montfermeil-Clichy-sous-Bois in France or Jerusalem, JR has presented several of his giant photo collages in illicit street exhibitions.

JR's work combines art and action, and deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits. He has been introduced by Fabrice Bousteau as: "the one we already call the Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century". On 20 October 2010, JR won the TED Prize for 2011. He used the $100,000 award money to start the Inside Out Project.


  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 4

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