JR, the renowned French street artist, returns to Milan with a special project starting January 31st. Famous for creating monumental and participatory public art installations around the world, the City of Milan has announced that on, Inside Out Project will come back to Milan. The project will take place at the Arengario, located on Piazza Duomo, the home of the Museo del Novecento which will soon expand to the twin building in front.
Inside Out Project is a platform that empowers communities to make a public statement, becoming a tool for collaboration, dialogue and self-affirmation. The medium of choice is large-scale black and white portraits, posted on a polka dot background as giant paste-ups in public spaces. In 10 years, nearly half a million people in 148 countries have participated in Inside Out, totaling over two thousand actions. These revolve around a series of key issues in contemporary public debate: diversity, community, feminism, racism, climate change, education, rights and art.
“His works originate from people’s stories and dreams, and he turns them into extraordinary messages of hope. Following actions in major cities around the world and gaining numerous international awards, Inside Out returns to Milan,” Tommaso Sacchi, Milan’s Councilor for Culture, announced.
JR’s Inside Out project is a powerful and thought-provoking initiative that aims to change the way we see and interact with our surroundings. The artist believes that art should be accessible to everyone, and that it should be used as a tool to bring people together and inspire change. Through this project, JR creates large-scale black and white portraits of people from all over the world, and pastes them on buildings, walls, and other public spaces. The portraits are meant to be a reflection of the community and its stories, and they are meant to inspire dialogue and interaction between people from different backgrounds.
The project has been met with great success around the world, and it has been featured in major cities such as New York, Paris, London, and Tokyo. JR’s work has been praised for its ability to create a sense of community and belonging, and for its ability to inspire positive change. The artist’s work has been recognized and awarded internationally, and it continues to be a powerful and meaningful way to connect people and communities.
JR’s return to Milan is highly anticipated, as the artist has a strong connection to the city. In 2017, JR was commissioned to create a portrait of the workers of the BASE construction site, which was a powerful and meaningful way to connect the community and the workers. Now, five years later, the artist is back in Milan with a new project, and the city is excited to see what he has in store.