GIANTS – Body of work
JR

About the exhibition

In 2016, JR created a series of outdoor sculptures for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The sculpture depicted athletes whose identities were blurred behind the motion of instantly recognisable Olympic events such as diving, high jump and swimming. These innovative GIANTS were showcased across Rio de Janeiro for all to see; now their essence will be coming to London. GIANTS – Body of Work will present a unique series of studies, focusing on his GIANTS project. Visitors will be able to view the artist’s process from start to finish; from the architectural plans that were created to support his large-scale sculptures, to a look into the TED prize winner’s digital photography techniques.

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About the artist

JR is the pseudonym of a French photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed. Describing himself as a photograffeur, he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations, in a manner similar to the appropriation of the built environment by the graffiti artist.He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world". He started out on the streets of Paris. JR's work often challenges widely held preconceptions and the reductive images propagated by advertising and the media.

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