A place of remembrance, Inside Out Project, in Japan

Inside out.Place of remembrance
From Pia Massie, a Vancouver based film maker

“In November 2012, JR started an Inside Out Project in North East Japan, a region that was hit by a tsunami in March 2011. A group of Japanese artists took over a photobooth truck and traveled the area to meet inhabitants. This boat entered 800 meters inland during the catastrophe, destroying everything on the way. It is considered today a place of remembrance. In one night, JR and his team pasted the eyes of a local fisherman in honor of the tsunami victims.”

From Wikipedia:

“The Inside Out Project is an ongoing global multimedia, participatory art project started by the artist JR in 2011. It emerged after JR was announced as the winner of the 2011 TED Prize  which awards US$100,000 to use towards “one wish to change the world.”[1]

For the Inside Out Project, JR wanted to include the public in the artistic process and ”transform messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.” As he told the New Yorker magazine, “Now I am just the printer.”[1]

Participants take photos of themselves and upload them to the Inside Out website. JR prints 36“ x 53“ black and white photos in his NYC studio and mails them to back to the participants who then paste them in their communities. Participants can contribute individual photos or can collaborate to create group projects. According to the official website on the 31st of May 2012 there were over 75,000 photos printed, around 9000 locations, and over 4000 projects.”

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