Sometimes called the French Banksy, visual artist JR is known for his larger-than-life black-and-white portraits, which he pastes on walls in public places.
This week, he installed his newest piece, located at U.S.-Mexico border in Tecate, and, luckily, he wasn’t arrested.
The work is a massive, billboard-sized photographic cutout. It features a 1-year-old toddler, nicknamed Kikito, who seems to be peeking over the border wall onto the U.S. side from Mexico, his fingers resting on top of the wall.
The installation coincided with President Trump’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
« I think the point of an artist is to raise questions not necessarily give answers, » says JR. « In my case, when I went first and scouted the wall in the bottom of Mexico and U.S., like many other people, I thought there was no wall because Mr. Trump is talking every day about building a wall. But there’s actually a fence that is there for awhile and he’s just talking of making bigger and making longer. »
To listen to JR discuss his art installation, go to the website below :https://www.scpr.org/programs/the-frame/2017/09/07/59026/french-artist-jr-debuts-art-installation-at-the-us/