Little more than 10 years ago, the Parisian photographer JR was what’s usually called a vandal. He pasted things illegally in the street.
JR still pastes things in the street; it’s just that the things have got bigger. And the world has an expanded idea of what’s vandalism and what’s art. JR’s canvases are now tower blocks, whole buildings, entire streets. His scale is epic, monumental. He turned the separation wall between Israel and Palestine into a giant gallery of faces – Palestinians on the Israeli side, Israelis on the Palestinian side, though no one could tell.
“I’m giving people a voice.”
For the rest of us, he offers food for thought.