This is the Glorious Creative’s first and possibly last film recommendation. Faces Places, a French documentary that follows filmmaker Agnès Varda and artist JR traveling around rural France in a customised truck equipped as a portable photo booth, creating portraits of the people they come across.
JR describes himself as a photograffeur, he flyposts large black-and-white photographic portraits in public locations, in a manner similar to graffiti artists. I’ve loved his work since seeing a few pieces in Berlin a few years ago. The scale of his artworks are massive and locations, such as the Separation Wall between Israel and Palestine or the side of a 363-meter long container ship, are hugely ambitious. The subjects of his work are often from marginalised societies such as those of the Brazilian favelas or within areas of conflict which give his work a political edge.
The film is a fascinating insight into the human side and the creative practice of an inspirational artist. I was lucky enough to see the advance screening a few weeks ago but Faces Places is released 21st September.
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