“I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project. And together we’ll turn the world INSIDE OUT.” JR’s winning TED wish.
Anyone can participate in this and, like the wishes of TED winners such as Karen Armstrong and Jamie Oliver, it’s likely to be a true conversation starter in many places around the world.
What I see in JR’s work is a non-judgmental look at people as individuals – laughing and spoofing themselves. I am especially moved by Face2Face project in Israel and Palestine and his idea:
“We must put them face to face. They will realize. We want that, at last, everyone laughs and thinks when he sees the portrait of the other and his own portrait. The Face2Face project is to make portraits of Palestinians and Israelis doing the same job and to post them face to face, in huge formats, in unavoidable places, on the Israeli and the Palestinian sides. In a very sensitive context, we need to be clear. We are in favor of a solution for which two countries, Israel and Palestine would live peacefully within safe and internationally recognized borders.”
With so much anguish in the daily news, the laughing portraits have a special beauty.