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Bamako 2011 –JR: Artocratie


Héla Ammar, Sophia Baraket,Wissal Dargueche, Rania Dourai, Hichem Driss, AzizTnani Artocratie en Tunisie, the first of JR’s Inside Out projects, was instigated by Slim Zeghal and Marco Berrebi.

On 2 March 2011, in Long Beach, California, JR launched an appeal for Inside Out art projects inspired by his own large-format photo collages. Artocratie en Tunisie is the first of these.

Six Tunisian photographers travelled the country from North to South and from East to West, photographing one hundred people who would encapsulate the diversity of the Tunisian people: men and women, young and old, poor and rich, tall and small, civil servants, the unemployed, company managers, workers, peasants… In a country that for over fifty years had only seen portraits of the President in its streets, this did not go unnoticed – and for this first major public exhibition in the Arab world, the collage turned out to hold quite a few surprises, with no one foreseeing just how complicated such a face-to- face meeting with art might prove.

The Encounters of Bamako features several posters of these in situ photographs, by Héla Ammar, Sophia Baraket, Rania Dourai, Hichem Driss and Aziz Tnani.

Inside Out by JR

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