'LES BOSQUETS' WITH JR
The seventeen-minute film is the culmination of JR's work over the past twelve years in Les Bosquets, a housing project in the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil, which became notorious as a site of the riots that erupted throughout France in 2005. In addition to documentary film footage, Les Bosquets features a ballet choreographed by JR and performed by Lil Buck, and music by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Woodkid and Ben Wallfisch.
Les Bosquets is the latest installment of twelve years of documentation and close interaction with this community. In 2004, for the exhibition Portrait of a Generation, JR printed oversized portraits of the residents who lived there and pasted them on the housing buildings. After riots erupted in Montfermeil and nearby Clichy-sous-Bois and spread throughout France in 2005, he expanded the pastings to bourgeois neighborhoods in Paris.
Born in France, JR started as a street artist, photographing his friends holding spray cans and tagging buildings. Today he works between Paris and New York and is represented by Galerie Perrotin, among others. His artistic practice has expanded to include ballet choreography and film, forays which are the result of his own desire “to push the limits,” he says. “I think whenever I feel like I can really fail from something, I'm really learning from whatever happens. Doing a ballet was definitely that kind of experience.”
Saturday 5th Sept at kl1600, SFKINO, tickets available at the the door.
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