ARTINFO has a short interview with JR on their site that is worth checking out. Here is an extract related to his recent series, The Wrinkles of the City, which he presented at 18 Gallery, Galerie Magda Danysz’s Shanghai outpost, this past October.
AI: You recently returned from China. Was it harder than usual to produce your art there?
JR: China is a very ambivalent country. Not to forget the human rights problem discussed in the European media, but the feeling that prevails there is that nothing is really impossible, especially sticking up a few posters that aren’t political or advertising. My work in China is part of a new project called “The Wrinkles of the City.” It’s a project based on making portraits of older people who hold the memory of a city that I chose. Alongside the portraits, I collect stories from these people, who have seen great changes to their city. These portraits are then put up in the city on surfaces that inspire me and also represent the city’s memory and history. Shanghai has an extremely rich history in the 20th century.
Read the rest of the interview here.
JR, The Wrinkles of The City, Shi Li, 2010, B&W print on basic paper pasted on corrugated sheet mat varnish, ed of 1, 190 x 300cm.
Image via Galerie Magda Danysz.