french artist JR has placed the 70-foot tall image of a one-year old boy peeking over the edge of the US-mexico border. facing the united states and overlooking the californian landscape, the child peers over the wall with curiosity and interest at land on the other side. the project reacts to president trump’s recent reversal of the DACA program — a policy that protects eligible immigrants, who came to the united states when they were children, from deportation.

JR mexico border
JR has placed the 70-foot tall image of a 1-year old boy peeking over the edge of the US-mexico border
all images courtesy of JR

 

 

presented for one month at the mexico-US border near tecate, california, JR’s monumental artwork is a powerful and peaceful message about child immigration, specifically the unknown fate of the 800,000 ‘dreamers’ that form part of the DACA program today. curated by pedro alonzo, the installation is built on layers of scaffolding, allowing the image of ‘kikito’ — rendered in JR’s typical black and white — to curiously peek over the border wall. JR often spotlights local people and seeks to tell their stories through simple portraiture placed in surprising spaces.

JR mexico border
the child faces the united states and overlooks the californian landscape

JR mexico border
kikito peers over the wall with curiosity and interest at land on the other side

JR mexico border
the project reacts to president trump’s recent reversal of the DACA program

JR mexico border
the installation is presented for 1 month at the mexico-US border near tecate, california

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