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Shanghai, the Wrinkles of the City
2010

Until February 28th, 2011. For the Shanghai Biennale JR introduce a new chapter to his Wrinkles of the City, world scale project. For the Biennale JR pastes the Shanghai museum of Arts from outside to inside.

The project starts with portraits of elderly people who represent the memory of a city past. JR interviews each person and records the changes witnessed in the city. Then these portraits, printed in monumental sizes, are pasted in the very same city in various places that inspire JR and represent the citys heritage. Memory can stumble and fall - disappear any minute as the elderly leave us - JR shows us that it is important not to forget what the elderly have to pass on to younger generations. Without any judgment, JR just gives us bits of history in an artistic, yet poetic, social and above all, human way.

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