Art@Site JR Wrinkles of the City



Wrinkles of the City

Red Town District
In 2010, JR brings The Wrinkles of the City to Shanghai. This project provides a unique opportunity for us to read all about the stories of these people’s lives, see all their portraits and above all, the pasting done by JR. For memory can stumble and fall, disappear any minute as the elderly leave us, JR shows us that its important not to forget what the elderly have to pass to the young ones.
Without judging, JR provides us a poetic, social and above all human way. As the artist puts it himself:' Change the way people see the world, is already a way to making things change…
The Wrinkles of the City is a world-scale project aimed to be presented in various cities around the world where 'wrinkles', human as well as architectural, can be found.
So far, JR has pasted The Wrinkles of the City in Cartagena, Spain (2008), in Shanghai, China (2010), Los Angeles, USA (2011) and La Habana, Cuba (2012), in collaboration with US artist José Parlá. In Spanish, the project is entitled Los Surcos de la Ciudad.
‘The Wrinkles of the City’ arrived in Shanghai in 2010, providing a unique opportunity to explore the lives and stories of the people featured in the project. The portraits depicting the elderly look at the notion of memory. Shanghai today is the largest city in China with regards to population, and is also in fact the largest city proper by population in the world. Witness to rapid expansion, it is now known as a city of media, technology, consumer culture and a glittering skyline. Yet with regards to culture, it is important that we do not forget the lives and experiences of the elderly amongst the populations.
Over the years, Shanghai has seen Japanese occupation, the establishment of the Communist Party, Liberation, World War II, the victory of General Mao and the Cultural Revolution. JR highlights the importance of remembering what the elderly have to pass on to the young. ‘The Wrinkles of the City’ Shanghai is a documentation of change, reminding the fast-paced busy people of Shanghai to remember their history.