Imagine a rabbi, an imam and a priest pulling the same comical face and having each of these images displayed side by side on either plane of the wall separating Israeli and Palestinian territory in the size of a Times Square billboard. Deemed impossible by the “experts,” street artist and 2011 TED Prize winner, JR, and his partner Marco, thought they’d give it a try.
Their vision turned into the Face2Face project that took portraits of 41 courageous Palestinians and Israelis, each with the same profession, and pasted them in monumental formats in villages throughout both disputing territories. Israeli and Palestinian taxi drivers, sculptors, actors and teachers accepted to play the same character as their counterpart and were photographed with a 28 millimeter camera. One would not be displayed without the other. (At left: Fathers of the three Abrahamic faiths pasted on the separation wall/ security fence, Palestinian side – March 2007.)