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  • JR’s “DECADE: Portrait d’une generation” exhibiton at Galerie Perrotin, Paris

  • JR’s “DECADE: Portrait d’une generation” exhibiton at Galerie Perrotin, Paris

  • JR’s “DECADE: Portrait d’une generation” exhibiton at Galerie Perrotin, Paris

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JR’s “DECADE: Portrait d’une generation” at Galerie Perrotin, Paris

A new exhibition at Galerie Perrotin, Paris, casts light on the impressive career of French artist and activist JR, covering his work of the last ten years. Titled “DECADE: Portrait d’une generation”, the exhibition features a carefully curated selection of his most iconic pieces, among them videos, ink on wood pieces and his recent photographic works. The show, which occupies Galerie Perrotin’s first level at the rue de Turenne and impasse Saint-Claude spaces in Paris, begins with an immerse installation that synthesizes JR’s work at the Cité des Bosquets, in the Parisian suburb of Clichy-Montfermeil, over the last decades. The piece explores the impact of the famous 2005 riots in today’s French society and includes large format photographs and projections.

The installation also features a series of video loops taken from “Les Bosquets” performance that the artist created in 2014, in collaboration with the New York City Ballet, dancers Lil Buck and Lauren Lovette, as well as musician Hans Zimmer, Woodkid, Ben Wallfish and Pharrell Williams. Opening a dialogue between art and the society, the exhibition also pays homage to JR’s huge posters of the suburb’s young inhabitants that he started sticking on the neighborhood’s walls back in 2004. The images of these evocative posters eventually served as the background of the media’s coverage of the riots and made JR globally famous. Consisting a powerful reminder of the events that shook France, they offer a new, artistic perspective, full of courage and hope.

The exhibition also features JR’s photo series of the corps de ballet dancers from the Opéra de Paris, shot on the rooftop of the Palais Garnier. The dancers, all dressed in black and white leotards adorned with geometric prints, are captured performing unseen choreographic sequences of Les Bosquets opera. Placed 56 meters above the ground, they form with their bodies a pair of giant eyes that looks over Paris —another of JR’s poetic images that serves as a metaphor of the endless possibilities that exist within the most ordinary life. JR’s “DECADE: Portrait d’une generation” will remain on view until October 17, 2015, at Galerie Perrotin, Paris.