JR – Déplacé∙e∙s Gallerie d’Italia, Turin, Italy February 9th – July 16th, 2023 photos by Andrea Guermani

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Déplacé∙e∙s and its debut exhibition in Turin, Italy at the Gallerie d’Italia address an ever-more-visible phenomenon: the unprecedented displacement of people around the globe. In 2022, the number of people forced to flee their homes due to persecution, war, climate disasters, and human rights violations exceeded 100 million. About ten years ago, that number was 10 million.

JR launched his Déplacé∙e∙s project in 2022, traveling to crisis zones and refugee camps in Ukraine, Rwanda, Mauritania, Colombia, and Greece. In each location, he organized a procession around a 45 meter tarp that displayed the image of a refugee child from the community.

The Gallerie d’Italia exhibition marks the first time that the images of all of these refugee children are together. Prior to the opening, JR organized a massive procession in which over fourteen hundred people gathered to carry the five tarps through Turin. With each beginning at a different point in the city, the images converged on the Piazza San Carlo on February 7th. For the first time, the children were captured playing together, their youthful aura inspiring hope.

The images of the children are now part of a mechanical installation in one of Gallerie d’Italia exhibit rooms. The portraits unfurl as they move upward asynchronously, dwarfing visitors with their monumental size. Another immersive room shows statues of lifesize children running across black sand.

The multimedia exhibit further immerses visitors in scenes from refugee camps through 360° video projection. Nations use refugee camps as a means to exclude displaced peoples from their society. The exhibit forces visitors to visit these camps, look refugees in the eye, and grapple with this crisis. It aims to inspire action.


Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.