Eight black and white photographs line the windows of the North Science Building, located behind the Upper School at Collegiate. Four feet wide and six feet tall, these photographs feature participants of last year’s International Emerging Leaders Conference and were taken by Anna Hoover (Class of ‘14).

However, these photos do not exist solely within Collegiate, but rather are part of 2011 TED prize winner JR’s “INSIDE OUT” project. The INSIDE OUT project invites people from all over the world to photograph each other and paste their photos anywhere and everywhere.

The project has enjoyed great success, with over 120,000 participants from over 108 countries ranging from Ecuador to Brazil. The following is an excerpt from The INSIDE OUT website.

In 2011 JR received the TED Prize, after which he created INSIDE OUT, “an international participatory art project that allows people worldwide to get their picture taken and paste it to support an idea and share their experience… As JR remains anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter. That is what JR’s work is about, raising questions.”

Anna enjoyed “being part of an international movement and being able to have our own variation of JR’s project… you could really see [the participants’] personalities come out of their faces when you took the photo… I asked them to do a serious face, but nobody could keep a straight face; it was really fun.”  With the 2013 participants arriving this Saturday, these photographs have helped Collegiate students of all ages prepare to welcome and collaborate with the 44 international students.

For further information regarding the INSIDE OUT project, visit www.insideoutproject.net