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Inside Out: The People's Art Project

Medellin, Colombia: Children dreaming big / Taking down imagined boundaries
Port au Prince, Haiti: Celebrating the resilience of the Haitian people
Johannesburg, South Africa: Portraying HIV/AIDS street children as the heroes they are / Removing the stigma  
Karachi, Pakistan: Exposing the persecution of minorities in Pakistan
Israel, Tel Aviv: Yalla
Yerevan, Armenia: Soldiers smiling for Justice

It's been two years since French street artist and photographer JR won the 2011 TED Prize and launched the "Inside Out" project - the largest global collaborative artistic work that displays large format portraits of everyday people onto public walls. By sharing these works of art - our personal identities - we become able to share our message, celebrate and engage with one another, highlight challenges, channel hope, give the invisible a face and the muted a voice. All of this from a simple raw photograph pasted within a community. Through Inside Out, JR's wish is "for everyone to stand up for what you care about by participating in [the] global art project, and together turn the world...INSIDE OUT."

Perhaps you've heard of it? If not (like me, until a few days ago by watching the documentary on HBO), it's certainly worth knowing about...

Over 120,000 people from more than 108 countries have participated since March 2011. Anyone can still participate, and is challenged to use photographic portraits to share the untold stories and images of people in our communities.

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Take a peek at JR's inspiring NYC studio.


  1. I did watch the HBO documentary and found it fascinating. Such a big undertaking, but obviously a labor of love. :)

  2. What an amazing project, and so inspiring! I've not seen the documentary but it's now added to my list:) These are beautiful pictures...and portraits.


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