Art without borders

French artist JR made a big statement on Wednesday with this giant artwork at the United States-Mexico border.

The artist, who chooses to remain anonymous and goes by only his initials, blew up baby Enrique Achondo's face for the display that sits on the Mexican side of the border in Tecate, Baja California.

He is believed to have done so in the light of US President Donald Trump's decision to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, which protects from deportation almost 800,000 young adults brought into the US illegally as children, according to digital media website Mashable.

JR, now 34, started out as a graffiti artist in his teens.

The artist states on his website that he "owns the biggest art gallery in the world" because he "exhibits freely in the streets of the world". Part of his objective is to create art in places that can be seen by those who do not visit museums.

His work has appeared on buildings and objects all over the world, including London, Shanghai, Berlin and New York.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2017, with the headline 'Art without borders'. Print Edition | Subscribe