Selfies become legitimate art in the Panthéon's mammoth display of your self-portraits
By Catherine Bennett
From the favelas of Brazil to a famous Parisian landmark, French photographer-cum-street-artist JR certainly gets around. This summer sees him convert the Panthéon into his latest makeshift gallery. The exhibition is part of his INSIDE OUT project, a global participatory platform that invites people from around the world to submit a photo of themselves for display in a new artwork. For the Panthéon’s takeover, over 1,300 personal portraits were sent in to the project’s website, and the remaining 2,500 were collected through public PhotoBooth trucks that travelled around France.
The grand installation rolls out over the Panthéon's floor, walls and dome like a vast monochrome tapestry. Normal visiting rules and entry fees apply; but you’ve got time to catch it – the indoor photos are on display until October 5th, while the outdoor ones will remain for the duration of the building works currently underway.