Maverick French artist JR is a self-styled ‘photograffeur’, papering outsized posters into unauthorised public spaces in an echo of graffiti art. Motivated by reaching people who might not step into a gallery, he began his career with a camera he found on the Paris Metro, photographing residents of housing project Les Bosquets and pasting them across the city. Now a worldwide superstar, he continues to document people who might otherwise be overlooked, shining a light on them through large-scale social justice projects.
Did you know?
In 2016, JR used paper to create a real-time illusion that made the Louvre’s famous pyramid disappear.
Country of Birth
Artcurial, 'Delivery in Monrovia, Liberia', 2020
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
JR: Chronicles, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2021
JR: Chronicles, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA, 2019
Le secret de la grande pyramide, Exposition Cour Napoléon du Louvre, Paris, FR, 2019
Chroniques de Clichy-Montfermeil, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR, 2017
Art In the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA, 2011
CA - Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA, 2010