JR makes an open call on Instagram for his new free photography course
French artist and photographer JR will train 12 aspiring photographers in a new free initiative to be launched in the suburb of Montfermeil, east of Paris, early next year. The artist, known for his large-scale public installations like making the Louvre pyramid disappear, launched a call for applications on Instagram, stating that the initiative “is open to anyone determined to become an artist”.
The “Art and Image” project will take place from January to July at the Kourtrajmé School, a film school founded by longtime JR collaborator and director Ladj Ly, behind the 2019 film Wretched. “I joined forces with Ladj Ly to show that there are alternatives [ways to learn] and to transmit, together with my academic team, all my self-taught skills,” JR said in the Instagram post.
Anyone over the age of 18 with no formal training in photography is eligible, says project manager Farida Cagniard. The course focuses on photography, but people who specialize in other media such as painting and drawing can apply, says JR. “The school pays the full registration fee, regardless of [a candidate’s] resources and context,” reads a statement on the school’s website.
Prospective applicants must complete an online application by November 29, providing up to ten images and a two-minute video presentation. Cagniard and JR will be part of the interview panel.
The course will consist of different modules. “I’m going to invite Naomi Campbell so that the students learn how to do a photo shoot, as well as [representatives] from the Villa Medici in Rome who will learn how to present a case,” JR told the French newspaper The Parisian. JR’s largest US exposure to date is currently at the Brooklyn Museum.