JR-Inside Out

About JR-Inside Out

Based out of: France
JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. In 2006, he created Portrait of a Generation, portraits of suburban "thugs" that he posted, in huge formats, in the bourgeois districts of Paris. This illegal project became "official" when the Paris City Hall wrapped its building with JR’s photos. In 2007, with Marco, he made Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal exhibition ever. JR posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. In 2008, he embarked on a long international trip for Women Are Heroes, in which he underlines the dignity of women who are often the targets of conflicts, and created The Wrinkles of the City. In 2010, his film Women Are Heroes was presented at Cannes. In 2011 he received the TED Prize, after which he created Inside Out, an international participatory art project that allows people worldwide to get their picture taken and paste it to support an idea and share their experience.
He has since created the Unframed project where images that exhibit the past of a neighborhood or city are interpreted and re-contextualized in present day through JR's pastings. In 2013, his film based off his project, Inside Out: The People's Art Project premiered at Tribeca FIlm Festival. Inside Out continued to grow with Photobooth trucks bringing the process directly to the streets in locations such as New York, Amsterdam, London, and Paris. As of April 2014, nearly 200,000 people from more than 112 countries have participated. In 2014, he collaborated with the New York City Ballet for their Art Series, and choreographed his own ballet based off his beginnings.
As he remains anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter. That is what JR's work is about, raising questions...

About the Mural

SHINE brought the global Inside Out art project to St. Petersburg. Created by internationally-acclaimed street artist and TED Prize winner JR, this project is turning the world inside out in a big way – using photography as a vehicle for change by literally putting a face to an issue.

Inside Out showcases and celebrates the creative, vibrant and diverse spirit that lives in the hearts of our citizens, deepens our cultural perspectives and unites our extraordinary community.

The installation features some 300 photographic portraits of St. Pete residents selected to represent and celebrate our creative, diverse community. It’s covering part of The Factory St. Pete, a new creative facility that’s being constructed in the Warehouse Arts District – The Factory includes the future home of the St. Pete Arts Alliance.

Inside Out highlights another medium of street art by using wheat pasting to apply the portraits. This impermanent method is one of the oldest forms of “guerilla-style” street art.

As the centerpiece of the SHINE 2019 finale, all 300+ photos were printed and carefully wheat pasted on the wall over the course of 2 days by 5 volunteers.

The global Inside Out Project invites everyday people to stand up for what they believe in. Created by French artist JR, this is the largest Inside Out installation in Florida to date.

Please note: The temporary Inside Out mural helped celebrate the end of SHINE 2019. That location is currently under construction.

Title: Inside Out

Address: 2788 Fairfield Ave S

Notes: This was a temporary installation. It is no longer visible.

Installation Date: 2019