JR: “Ellis” Film Screening
  -    -  JR: “Ellis” Film Screening


JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. In 2006, he created Portrait of a Generation, portraits of suburban “thugs” that he posted, in huge formats, in the bourgeois districts of Paris. This illegal project became “official” when the Paris City Hall wrapped its building with JR’s photos. In 2007, with Marco, he made Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal exhibition ever. JR posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. In 2008, he embarked on a long international trip for Women Are Heroes, in which he underlines the dignity of women who are often the targets of conflicts, and created The Wrinkles of the City. In 2010, his film Women Are Heroes was presented at Cannes. In 2011 he received the TED Prize, after which he created the Inside Out project. His most recent project involves a collaboration with New York City Ballet.








DATE: 11.11 – 21.11.2015

TIME: 12.00-18.00 / Monday to Saturday



A short film about Ellis Island by the Ted Prize owner French artist JR and starring Robert De Niro, will be screened at ISTANBUL`74 Karakoy after it premiered at New York.

The short film stars Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro, was written by Academy Award winner Eric Roth and is directed by the artist JR whose Unframed art installations in the abandoned Ellis Island hospital complex serves as the set for this powerful and timely film. For millions of immigrants entering the United States in the early twentieth century, Ellis Island was the gateway to a new life. Upon arrival, some travelers were approved, but many, due to illness or simply fatigue, were denied access and hospitalized.

Ellis, a fourteen-minute film directed by JR and written by Academy Award winner Eric Roth, tells the elusive story of countless immigrants whose pursuit of a new life led them to the now-shuttered Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital. Following its opening in 1902, approximately 1.2 million people passed through the facility, where the Statue of Liberty can be seen from the windows. Languishing in a sort of purgatory awaiting their fate, many were never discharged.

Academy Award winner Robert De Niro stars as an immigrant whose pursuit of a new life expired at Ellis Island. Shot on location, the film shows De Niro deliberately traversing the abandoned hospital complex. He is accompanied by fellow ghosts of Ellis Island, which exist in the form of portraits pasted to the walls, windows and doors of the facility in JR’s signature black-and-white style.

Collectively making up an installation titled Unframed, each picture was made from archival photographs of immigrants and hospital patients taken over a century ago. A mother sits on a metal bed next to her resting child. A surgeon looks up from an operation table. A weary traveling group trudges down a derelict stairwell.

JR is known for public installations of large-scale, black-and-white portraits, such as Portrait of a Generation, which began as a way to humanize and demystify residents of Les Bosquets, a housing project outside Paris where riots erupted in 2005. His film Les Bosquets, which documents the pastings and includes a ballet performed by Lil Buck, premiered at TFF in 2015.

Combining a sense of place, history, and documentary images, Ellis nudges our collective memory, evoking the countless individuals throughout history and the contemporary moment who seek freedom from persecution and poverty, abandoning their homes and families for a chance at a better, if uncertain, future. “Ellis” will be screened between November 11th and November 21st 2015 at ISTANBUL’74 Karakoy Gallery, Monday through Saturday between 12.00 -18.00.  

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