JR | “Déplacé•e•s” at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

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JR | “Déplacé•e•s” at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

"Déplacé·e·s" is a series of artworks and installations about the millions of children displaced around the world due to persecution, war, climate disasters, and human rights violations. Behind the exhibition the French artist JR, who has been creating art in public spaces for over 20 years, constantly asking: can art change the world?

JR’s art combines photography, public art, and social engagement in large-scale works. The exhibition marks JR’s first solo exhibition in the Nordic region.

Déplacé·e·s is a series of images depicting the millions of children displaced around the world. For each image, JR and his team travelled to places where families sought refuge due to war and climate disasters, including Ukraine, Rwanda, Mauritania, Colombia, and Greece. With the help of the local community in each location, they unfurled an image of a refugee child on a 45-meter-long banner.

In the Déplacé-e-s exhibition, first shown at Gallerie d’Italia in Turin in spring 2023, the images of all these refugee children are displayed in one place. Valeriia, Thierry, Kevine, Andiara, Angel, Jamal, Ajara, Moise, and Mozhda are the names and faces representing these forced displacements.

By enlarging their portraits on huge banners, JR gives dignity and visibility to people who have been deprived of it. When the exhibition is presented at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, several additions have been made, including an in-depth film describing the various projects JR has worked on, including in Israel and Palestine.

Through film, sculpture, mechanical installations, and more, the exhibition addresses the unprecedented displacement of people around the globe. The works are created from JR’s visits to crisis zones and refugee camps, where he organized community processions around the enormous banners of displaced children.

The opening of JR – Déplacé•e•s at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm will be on May 23rd from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. At 6 pm, JR will be inaugurating the exhibition on the roof of the museum with the Director of Culture, Linda Beijer, and Head of Exhibitions, Maria Patomella.

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