Street artist JR’s most recent project in the Middle East just goes to prove that his work really achieves full potential in third world and conflict-torn countries — not so much on trendy, metropolitan intersections. The artist set up photo-booths and printing salons in Israel’s Tel Aviv and Haifa and Palestine’s Bethlehem and Ramallah cities, providing a thousand people a day with giant black and white posters of their faces to paste anywhere, in exchange for a personal beliefs statement.
As part of the Inside Out Project, Time Is Now, Yalla! run September 3-11 and hopes to comment on “a reshaping of the Arab world and of Israeli society urging for social justice,” namely the hopes of peace and a two state system wherein Palestine and its people have actual UN-mandated rights. (Gasp!)