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The Bozeman Doc Series presented the Montana premiere of Paper & Glue, from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and street artist JR, on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 at 7pm at the Emerson Center.
Paper & Glue follows acclaimed French artist JR around the globe as he builds some of his most monumental projects, challenging perspectives and uniting communities through his thought-provoking work. From early illicit graffiti videos captured on Paris rooftops at night, to the US-Mexico border, to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, to a current collaboration at a California supermax prison, the film follows JR as he turns these communities inside out, turning images of residents into eye-catching and immersive art installations. In Paper & Glue JR uses his vision and style to desensitize the general public’s “out of sight, out of mind” approach to those who are suffering. JR uses his platform to weave together these emotionally reflective present-day portraits to represent the global voice of women and men unheard.
Paper & Glue world-premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The film is a follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Faces Places, which was directed by JR along with Agnès Varda and featured in season four of the Doc Series.
“Fast-paced, buoyant…the muralist makes a captivating tour guide through his own artistic process and the relationships he builds with his subjects” The Wrap
“It’s a collectivist pursuit of creating and interacting with art in public, especially among marginalized communities, which is beautifully laid out in Paper & Glue. The power of his art is in the way he sees people, creating canvases for them to be seen, to exist, for a moment, larger than life; portrait as landscape big enough to be seen by all, something especially meaningful for those so often overlooked.” Los Angeles Times
“This is a story about people first, but also about the way we see. And the visual hodgepodge of JR’s images reveals very different perspectives that affect the way we treat each other…It’s a pre-pandemic concept that seems frightening today: getting closer to strangers. As he puts it, he creates art so that “people who would normally never meet get to meet.” Paper & Glue, then, is his gift to us, at a time when people seem, indeed, as far apart as ever.” The Washington Post