MARFA – The Inside Out Project made a spontaneous stop last Thursday afternoon in Marfa. A truck that replicates a camera was parked for two hours for people to take a free larger-than-life portrait outside Ballroom Marfa.
The global participatory art project, created by French photographer and artist JR, travels across the world taking large format portraits of the community members. The photos are then wheatpasted in a public place. The photos taken in Marfa were pasted on the walls outside Ballroom Marfa along US Highway 67/90.
According to the Inside Out’s website, over 260,000 people have participated in 129 countries. The van is currently traveling across the country to encourage and register young people to vote. The truck traveled from Austin and stopped in Marfa on its way to El Paso.
A group from the non-profit Public Art Fund happened to be at Ballroom when the truck arrived and were among the first in line that sunny afternoon.
Three Stripes employees rushed over after their shift to participate as well as Marfa Public Radio staff.
This isn’t the first time the project came through West Texas. Former Marfa resident Amber Hockeborne first brought the project to Presidio in 2013 that included portraits of high school students along the Presidio/Ojinaga border. Hockeborne took the 200 portraits herself which were then printed in JR’s studio in New York City. The photos were then displayed along the fence between the two port of entries for Presidio Arts Festival in 2015.
JR co-starred and co-directed the 2017 Academy Award nominated documentary “Faces Places” with film director Agnès Varda, which was shown by the in front of us fi lm series. He was not part of the caravan in Marfa.
The photos will hang outside Ballroom Marfa until November or until Ballroom or Mother Nature takes them down, whichever comes first.
For more information on The Inside Out Project, visit insideoutproject.net