The El Ejido Mural, a collage of photos and painted imagery, was inspired by French photographer JR who found a discarded camera in a Paris subway and began taking photos. In one project he photographed persons living in poor neighborhoods in the outskirts of Paris and then pasted huge prints of their faces on public buildings in wealthy downtown neighborhoods.
Local children designed El Ejido’s mural with the assistance of Colectivo TAN 473 artists Celia Jameson, Katie Clancy, and Paola Huitrón.
Several times a week for 3 weeks TAN artists, tourists, El Ejido community members, and other Guanajuato residents helped children paint frames for the photos.
Katie and Paula took photographs of the children and of other El Ejido community members. On February 1, 2014, TAN 473 artists arrived with the printed photos and pasted them to the wall.