And is launching another Inside Out Project Action, but this time, MELD is uniting with over 20 countries around the world under the umbrella of BE THE CHANGE.
Yvonne and Corinne, once again are partnering with TEDxAcademy and with the support of the Athens Municipality.
Girls are planning to gather the photographers and citizens over the course of two weekends in late June in Syntagma to take the 500 portraits accompanied by 500 messages from Athens to the rest of the world.
What's the project about:
When TED Prize winner, JR, announced his wish to turn the world “Inside Out,” inviting people around the globe to share a photo portrait along with a statement about what they stand for, many countries, cities and individuals around the world responded. Seeing the global response, the Inside Out Group Action leaders in Athens and Juarez decided to unite in a global action called BE THE CHANGE.
During this time of accelerated globalization and rapid changes in our environment, people in countries around the world are being affected in different ways. Now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to share the human stories that unite us as world citizens. Via JR’s Inside Out Project, we are joining forces with countries around the world to bring awareness to the issues we want to change, as well as inspire creative solutions to make these changes possible. We believe this change must come from within each individual in order for us to move forward collectively and bring about positive change worldwide.
We invite the growing silent majority to be part of this “global ex-change” by becoming more globally conscious and proactive in their daily lives. On September 21st (World Peace Day), and September 22nd, the world will unite through the exchange of portraits from country to country which will not only create a mosaic of faces, but an ongoing collaborative dialogue, using art and communication as catalysts for social change.
There are 21 participating cities and their respective countries, including Athens (Greece), Austin, Texas (USA), Aveiro (Portugal), Bandung (Indonesia), Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney & Woodford (Australia), Casablanca (Morocco), Hanian Province (China), Juarez and DF (Mexico), Lima (Peru), London (UK), Madrid (Spain), Mulhouse (France), Nicosia (Cyprus), Santiago (Chile), Seoul (Korea), Tunis (Tunisia) and Wroclaw (Poland).
In the name of BE THE CHANGE, Athens, Greece will focus on greening the city. As one of the least green cities in Europe, Athens has an opportunity to live by example by bringing awareness to agricultural and urban farming solutions on the ground, allowing each of us the opportunity to take control of our own life.
The Inside Out Project is an extraordinary opportunity to join forces and engage with others around the world by adding their voices and faces to stand publicly for what they believe in. From India to New York, Japan to Tunisia, people are contributing to a global art movement.
BE THE CHANGE Leaders:
About the Inside Out Project
The Inside Out Project is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images are made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators, for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or as part of a group. Posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window, to a wall of an abandoned building, or in a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and be made available online at www.insideoutproject.net.
The INSIDE OUT Project is a creation of French artist JR, the recipient of the 2011 TED Prize (watch JR's TED talk here).
About the TED Prize
The first TED Prize was awarded in 2005, born out of the TED Conference and a vision by the world's leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and entertainers to change the world – one Wish at a time.
The reward: $100,000, the TED Community's array of talent and expertise, and the leadership of a TED Prize team led by Amy Novogratz. What began as an unparalleled experiment to leverage the resources of the TED Community to spur global change has evolved into one of the most prestigious prizes.
From Bono's the ONE Campaign ('05 recipient) to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution ('10 recipient), the TED Prize is helping to combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education, and now inspire art around the world. For more information on the TED Prize, visit www.tedprize.org.