INSIDE OUT volunteers sought

Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, to help hang around posters featuring the images of 150 city residents as part of the Manchester’s participation in the global INSIDE OUT art project. Meet in the Cotton Food parking lot at 75 Arms St.

The event is being held as pre-event action to Manchester’s TEDxAmoskeagMillyard event on Oct. 15.


Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally-uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.

The project is the brainchild of the French street artist and TED fellow known simply as JR, who embarked on an unlikely journey of documenting the “faces” in these conflicts and creating large scale illegal exhibitions. Almost at an instant, the often-silly portraits peel back the threatening aura and allow people to see the true “enemies” are really their own prejudicial thoughts and fears. After winning the 2011 TED Prize, JR announced on his most ambitious plan yet, a global participatory project where anyone around the globe can upload a photo, receive a poster and exhibit anywhere.

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