Your Face Here?

Photo: Tim Schreier

 

JR, the peripatetic French artist spreading goodwill and enormous posters around the globe, moves through Little Italy with his InsideOut project. Operating in the juncture where participatory art meets social media, the TED Prize-winner asks people to send him black-and-white photographic portraits—which he transforms into posters and sends back to their communities, where the images are posted in public settings, and then documented in online archives.
Created by JR, his partner, Marc Azoulay, and their team, this portrait, part of the Lakota Tribute series, hovers over the intersection of Mulberry and Prince Streets in downtown Manhattan. Check out the way their Ben-Day-like dots play off the bubble letters below— setting up a comic-book showdown between street art and graffiti, perhaps.

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