Artist JR places powerful photographic artwork about immigration on the US/Mexico border

7 September 2017

French artist JR has created a large-scale photographic work on the Mexican side of the US/Mexico border. The work is in light of Trump’s decision to get rid of the DACA program, which protects children of illegal immigrants in the US from being deported.

Known for his mammoth artworks, the piece sees a gigantic picture of a child looking over the border, seemingly clasping the edges of the fence. The artist posted an image of the work on Instagram yesterday and captioned the image as: “Work in progress on the Mexican side of the US/Mexico border”. It came a day after a previous post that saw JR and a team of volunteers pasting the artwork onto a large wooden backing supported by scaffold.

The work has received praise on social media and tonight (7 September) JR will be in conversation with curator Pedro Alonzo at Blum & Poe in LA. The pair will “discuss immigration in the artist’s practice, highlighting recent large-scale public works”.

Work in progress on the Mexican side of the US/MEXICO border

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ART PROJECT at the US/MEXICAN border – live now

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca Fulleylove is a freelance writer and editor specialising in art, design and culture. She is also senior writer at Creative Review, having previously worked at Elephant, Google Arts & Culture, and It’s Nice That.

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