The Face of Liberation

ArtHouse Jersey | 2020

As part of the official celebrations of Liberation 75, ArtHouse Jersey commissioned The People’s Picture to create one of the most ambitious pieces of participatory art Jersey has seen.

‘The Face of Liberation’ is a photo mosaic featuring the faces of Jersey inhabitants, past and present, and is composed for more than 6,000 photos covering over 2,000 square feet of wall space in St Helier. ArtHouse Jersey appealed to all Islanders to send selfies, or pictures of their friends, family and ancestors to form the mosaic. We also invited people to reflect on the themes and questions that Liberation might raise. The artwork also features hundreds of photos from the Jersey Heritage Archives.

What does freedom mean to you?

During the Second World War, the Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by German forces. The five-year occupation came to an end on 9 May 1945 – Liberation Day. 75 years on and our community still celebrates the anniversary and the freedom that was won.

We asked all Islanders to add their face to a collective image, which forms the ‘Face of Liberation’ and become a symbol of our community today. Whilst submitting their photos, we invited people to reflect and share their own stories and thoughts about freedom; something that can all-too-easily be taken for granted until it is denied.


The Final Picture

A picture tells a thousand words and we searched for a face that spoke to the Island’s experience of Occupation. That face is Barbara Jouanny, captured by the occupying German forces for her identity card when she was a 12 year old child.

Occupation Registration Cards

The entire civil population of Jersey was required to register under the Registration and Identification of Person (Jersey) Order, 1940. The cards are inscribed on the UNESCO UK memory of the World Register.

Click here to access the online catalogue.

Years of Liberation


Square Feet

Iconic Artwork
The Face of Liberation is a project by The People’s Picture, commissioned by ArtHouse Jersey, and supported by Jersey Heritage.