Ep.14: Artist JR, Maysaloun Hamoud, Centrism
Stance caught up with the French artist, JR. Known for creating huge black-and-white photographic images as murals in public places all over the world. Having started off his career as a graffiti street artists, JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. He recently created Faces Places - an Academy Award-nominated film with Agnes Varda, where the pair have documented their journey across France together, putting up portraits of everyday people. Stance caught up with him for an exclusive interview.
Stance spoke to the exciting new director Maysaloun Hamoud to find out more about her first feature film In Between. In Between tells the story of three Palestinian women who share a flat together in Tel Aviv. The film won awards at Toronto and San Sebastián festivals and won the Young Talents Award at Cannes. Stance spoke to her to find out more about how her life and work inspired the film.
Lastly, we decided to explore what the future is for centrism in the US and the UK. Is there any way the pendulum can swing from the far right or left to land somewhere in the middle? Stance looks at centrism in the US with former Associate Political Editor of the Atlantic, Clare Foran and in the UK with Sandra Khadouri from the new political party, Renew.
Plus, could the fluidity of the way music changes, the process by which sounds from the underground are adopted by middle of the road pop music, provide some answers? Chrystal caught up poet, DJ and former BBC Radio 4 presenter, Mr Gee, to get his thoughts.