JR's Kikito

JR's Kikito
JR's Kikito

In LaGuía2000's art posts, works from centuries ago are very common, and even the most modern ones have already become true classics of our time. However, today we are going to dedicate that space to talk about a creation that is raging today. A great work that at the end of last summer 2017 was installed on the wall that separates the borders of the United States and Mexico, specifically at the point that leaves aside San Diego in California in the United States and Tecate in Baja California in Mexico.


Kikito from the United States

This is a gigantic mural of more than 20 meters in which a gigantic enlargement has been placed with the image of a Mexican boy, Kikito, who seems to peek out from his country next to the US to see what's there.

The work is temporary and has been created by photographer and street artist JR. A French creator whose exact identity is unknown, since many of his works are clandestine.

In this case, he himself has reported that he dreamed of this image and reflected on what a child would think about the wall. So he made a trip through Mexico and finally found Kikito, the littleDavid Enrique, whom he photographed and made such an enlargement in a gigantic format and rendered in black and white.

The installation of this moving image has coincided with the endof the DACA program, that is, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the United States, an assistance that the government presided over by Donald Trumphas been rendered ineffective. However, the author has said that he had already projected this intervention long before, and that his purpose was not political denunciation, but rather an invitation to reflection and dialogue. And it is that one of his approaches is that the work be visible from both sides of the border, as it has been.

This is a new milestone in the career of JR (1983-) this artist who started his career as ateenage graffiti artist in Paris. Although he soon decided to document these graffiti photographs, both the results and their elaboration processes, to later develop those images and place them on the walls of the streets, since he has always considered that the street is the largest art gallery in the world.

From Paris, he expanded his work to other European countries, always focusing on outdoor creations, and little by little he acquired more prestige and maturity. In fact, hisPortraits of a Generationproject, in which he posted pictures of young people on the walls of Paris, started out as illegal but later acquired official status


Kikito in Mexico

And that idea has later been transferred to other places and with other commitments, such as the gigantic photos that he clandestinely installed inIsrael and Palestine, denouncing the separation of thosetowns. Something that has also inspired the image of this child Kikito, which has been disclosed by the media around the planet. In other words, JR in this case gives us many ideas to reflect on, from the involvement of art with present life to the passage from underground to worldwide recognition.

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