The Havana Biennial 2012 kicks off on Friday and the collaboration of street artists J.R. and Jose Parla is sure to be a highlight of the month-long festival.
Exploring the relationship between visuals and social issues, the French "photograffeur" and Cuban-American visual raconteur have transformed the streets of Havana with absorbing murals for their wall-revitalizing "Wrinkles of the City" exhibit.
Featuring the frenetic calligraphic gestures of Parla and the melancholic portraits of J.R., the fused work blends the two disparate styles into a melodious harmony. Parla's topographical notes give J.R.'s elderly subjects a dreamlike quality and the imperfect facades add texture while enhancing the depth and tactile quality of each image.
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J.R. has stated that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world." His collaboration with Parla may be one of his most ambitious undertakings to date.