Portraits for Change

Ciudad Juárez is often referred to as the most dangerous and most violent city in the world.

If you google Juárez you are very likely to come up with stories of murder and drug war. Now, these wonderful portraits are also part of the Juárez reality, as well as of an art project called InsideOut.

It all started with a TED talk. Every year the community for sharing ideas is giving away a prize for wishes big enough to change the world. Artist JR made a wish and won the prize in 2011.

His wish was: “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”

It was the starting point for a truly global art project. Let us go back to Mexico to find out more about it. In the following video you will see that even in one of the most dangerous places in the world, people are just like you and I.

InsideOut has been growing ever since the TED talk and it is now “a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.”

Personally, I feel that making these pictures and sharing them with a large community can help us understand that in the end we are all human beings, and we should look out for each other more.

InsideOut is definitely going global. Check out here where pictures have been put up so far:

Many more places are out there which are like Juárez; their name shows up in the news from time to time, but we often forget that in the end it is just a home to people. At the same time, InsideOut also brings us to places whose names do not ring a bell – but where people live; people who share their story in order to change the world.


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