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Inside Out Project—De Adentro Pa’ Fuera

Smile, You Are in San Miguel

By Jade Arroyo, photos by Jade Arroyo and Mariana Garcés

On June 23 the Inside Out Project launched at the Syndicato.

Inside Out is a global initiative of protest photographs. This urban art project with a social cause presents large-format photographs in public spaces.The project is supported by the international Inside Out Project, a global participatory art project initiated by French photographer JR.

Black-and-white portraits only are printed and blown up and then displayed in public spaces to make a statement to share the message with the world.The idea is to put emphasis on the people and stories behind every action or cause. Participants will help display the photos in public spaces.

Each Inside Out group action is also documented, archived, and displayed on the online project site. Since June 2015, more than 1,200 initiatives have taken place, and about 250,000 photos have been printed and sent to more than 127 countries. The Inside Out Project has traveled from Ecuador to Nepal and from Mexico to the Middle East, touching on subjects as varied as hope, diversity, awareness of violence, and climate change. In Mexico the project has already gone to Ciudad Juárez and Ayotzinapa.

The San Miguel de Allende version will portray the youth here who are involved in the alternative culture scene, giving an identity to this often-forgotten sector of a city that focuses on tourism and trade. In each portrait, what the subjects want to express to San Miguel or the global community will be accomplished via a few lines written on their skin or on paper. The photographer Irene Barrios will be taking photographs of these San Miguel youths.

The photos will be printed in large formats and displayed in a variety of ways in public spaces in San Miguel and then travel around the world as part of the Inside Out Project. If you want to get involved or learn about the project, contact Irene at


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