In honor of George Floyd and Adama Traoré’s deaths— Traoré was a young Black man who died in police custody in France almost four years ago—acclaimed French artist JR recently unveiled his new mural in Paris.
The artwork portrays one eye of Floyd on one wall and one eye of Traoré on another wall, work by JR and art director Ladj Ly and students from his film school.
The 4-year-old calls for Traoré’s justice have been reignited with the death of Floyd, causing over 23,000 people across France paid homage to both Traoré and Floyd, denouncing systemic racism and police brutality in cities such as Lyon, Lille, Nice, Bordeaux, and Metz.
JR took to Instagram to share: “Things are different in France and in the US: violence, police, justice, prisons, etc. But in France, like in the US and in many other countries, Blacks are too often victims of racism and discrimination. Together, we must change that.”
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Adama Traoré x George Floyd — Hommage des étudiants de @ecolekourtrajme @ladjly — « Avec en avant plan les marques au sol qui étaient à l’endroit exact ou George Floyd est mort à Minneapolis peint par l’artiste @__zenith______ , l’oeil d’Adama Traoré et celui de George Floyd regardent vers l’horizon, dans des directions différentes … Il n’est pas question de confondre la France avec les Etats-Unis. Tout y est différent : violence, police, justice, prisons, etc. Mais, en France, comme aux États-Unis, et dans de nombreux autres pays, les noirs sont victimes de racisme et de discriminations. Ensemble, nous devons changer les choses. » Collage Paris 10Eme au 15 rue Jan Karski Adama Traoré x George Floyd — Tribute by the students of @ecolekourtrajme @ladjly — « On a foreground bearing the marks on the floor of the place where Georges Floyd died in Minneapolis designed by the artist @__zenith______ , the eye of Adam Traoré and the eye of George Floyd are looking at the horizon. Things are different in France and in the US : violence, police, justice, prisons, etc. But in France, like in the US and in many other countries, Blacks are too often victims of racism and discriminations. Together, we must change that. » Pasting Paris 10, at 15 rue Jan Karski additional photos by @baptistelignel @aguirre_schwarz