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Q&A with JR and José Parlá + The Wrinkles of the City: Havana

12 Feb 2013

In May 2012 French artist JR, and Cuban American painter José Parlá launched a collaboration for the latest iteration of The Wrinkles of the City project.

The Wrinkles of the City is a world-scale project presented in various cities around the world since 2008, where the faces of the oldest inhabitants of cities are pasted onto the walls and architecture of their hometowns.

In Havana, JR and Parlá photographed and recorded 25 senior citizens who had lived through the Cuban revolution, creating portraits which Parlá, interlaced with palimpsestic calligraphic writings and paintings to create a huge mural installation, undertaken for the Havana Biennale.

Parlá’s markings echo the distressed surfaces of the walls he inscribes, and offer commentary on the lives of Cuba’s elders; together, JR and Parlá’s murals animate a city whose walls are otherwise adorned only by images of its leaders.

Following a free screening of The Wrinkles of the City: Havana, which documents JR and José Parlá’s project there, we are delighted to welcome both artists to speak about their work.

With thanks to JR, José Parlá and Haunch of Venison.

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