An old building in a new dress.
During his visit to Washington D.C., French artist JR completed his first installation in the capital of the United States.
The main idea of his Unframed project is to use archived photos and put them in a new context. The D.C.-installation shows Ernest Withers’s iconic civil-rights-era photo of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike.
J.R. explaines in an interview for the Washington Post:
“This says it all, ‘I am a man’. They created such a strong and powerful image that still resonates today, but in another context. Still people say, ‘I am a man,’ but they care less about the color [of their skin]. It’s ‘we are humans, we are here, we want to exist.’ And I like that, I think that’s pretty powerful.”
More from JR here.
Location: south facade of 1401 T St. NW