Magazine article Sculpture

Qatar Museums

Magazine article Sculpture

Qatar Museums

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Doha, Qatar

JR

Through May 31, 2017

JR, the celebrated (and anonymous) French street artist, has been called "the Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century," though this self-described photograffeur and "urban artivist" produces much more than flyposted black and white images. He treats the built environment as a laboratory in which art and action combine to address issues of freedom and identity and redress wrongs. Directly challenging media and advertising imagery, his large-scale outdoor installations, films, photographs, and videos engage in a human-indeed humanizing - project, revealing the faces of individuals categorized as unseen, forgotten, or misunderstood. His "pervasive art" has spread uninvited over the buildings and rooftops of Parisian housing projects, on both sides of the Separation Barrier between Palestine and Israel, on broken bridges in Africa, and in the favelas of Rio. …

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