‘JR & josé parlá: wrinkles of the city, havana, cuba’
image from the book depicting rafael lorenzo and obdulia manzano
renowned french street artist JR chronicles his ‘wrinkles of the city’ project – a series of 25 portraits he created with american artist
josé parlá peppered throughout cuba’s capital during the havana biennial earlier this year which designboom covered here.
exclusively in december, 2012 and nationwide in february, 2013, standard press – the publishing imprint of NY publication the standard –
will be releasing the works in print form. the book documents the outdoor murals in which JR and parlá captured the images of havana’s
oldest residents – all of whom lived through the cuban revolution, giving immortal homage to project celebrating community,
cuban history and, of course, the lives of those portrayed.
the book examines the combined artistic practice of JR and parlá as well as the social impact of the installation, sharing the stories behind each
monumental image and exploring the pair’s heartfelt visual testimony – one offering a merging of people and architecture through art,
for a city blemished by turbulent socio-cultural change.
the 160 page hardcover book – presented both in spanish and english – delves into the work of both creatives, articulating the successful combination of
parlá’s animated, gestural painting and JR’s famed enormous wheat pastings, coming to life through the textural surfaces of havana –
the city’s own wrinkles.
the book delves into the stories behind the massive murals
exclusive images showing the work in progress
finishing up a pasting of leda antonia machado
the story behind leda antonia machado
a mural depicting alicia adela hernandez fernandez
the book gives an account of each person portrayed, this image shows the story of alicia adela hernandez fernandez
cuban youth pose in front of one of the ‘wrinkle of the city’ artworks
the stages prior to pasting in small-scale
the textured surfaces of cuban’s architecture complements the work of both artists