“JR” is the pseudonym of a French artist and photographer whose real name is Jean René. He is known for his large-scale public artworks and installations that often involve community engagement and social issues.

JR gained international recognition for his “Inside Out Project,” which involves pasting large-format black-and-white portraits of people onto public spaces to make statements about identity, community, and social justice.

His work often challenges social norms and addresses topics such as immigration, poverty, and human rights. JR has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the world, and he has received numerous awards for his contributions to art and activism.

Recently, JR decorated the scaffolding covering the Palais Garnier opera house during its 2023 restoration.

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