Can Art Change the World?

After writing about the amazing concepts that winning and short listed students delivered in the Building Trust Cambodian Housing competition, I wanted to share with you an interesting TED talk. The talk by street artist JR, who won the TED prize in 2011 came up with an innovative art campaign called ‘INSIDE OUT’.

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. People are  challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images are then made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities.

JR Favelas Murals Project
JR Favelas Murals Project

In the video JR, discusses the results of his year long campaign promoting art and design throughout the World. It is amazing to see the volume of widespread participation from every day people, from the favelas of Brazil to the rooftops of Kenya and the streets of Palestine – the project creates global communication. What really interested me after watching the video is JR’s idea that more schools should be getting involved in exciting art and design projects such as INSIDE OUT. I agree with JR that there should be more projects like his or perhaps like Building Trust‘s design briefs within school curriculum. This is a great way to promote humanitarian design.

JR states, “Education is so essential. There should be even more schools doing this (INSIDE OUT) kind of project

Well enough from me, check out the video for yourself and see what you think. Perhaps you have sent a photo to the project and glued it to a wall in your neighbourhood? If so good for you!

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