Les Enfants d'Ouranos, Lune, 2023 is a special, hand-finished lithograph from JR's newest series Les Enfants d'Ouranos.
JR personally pasted the moons and painted the stars on the lithographs, creating unique editions and a moving universe.
Unveiling this new photographic and technical process, JR renders the portraits of the children in a mysterious, uncanny manner. The negative space allows him to reveal what, until now, has remained invisible: the divinity of children emanating from carefree innocence and ingenuity. With this new series, JR instills the images of the children who are directly impacted by global conflict and living in refugee camps with transcendence and the opportunity to command influence and create a new world.
In these images, surfaces reflecting light are reversed and presented as shadows and where shadows exist, the areas are filled with light. The reversal of light and dark conveys a sense of otherworldliness to these children's depictions and blurs specificities and particularities. They become atmospheric portraits imbued with a primordial or mythological quality as referenced by the title.
Les Enfants D'Ouranos is a reminder that, during that process of determination and consolidation, it's valuable to look through a reversal lens to identify spaces that open up possibilities for the future.
Date: March 2023
Dimensions: 57 x 47 x 4 cm - 22.4 x 18.5 x 1.6 inches approx.
Technique: 2 colors lithograph with many black layers printed on Marinoni machine & manual collage
Paper: White paper BFK Rives - 300 grammes
Numbered /50 on the bottom left corner
Signed by JR on the bottom right corner (embossed and lead)
Lithograph sold framed