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For his “Women Are Heroes” project JR traveled to Sierra
Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Kenya, Brazil, India and Cambodia to
seek ...
Moro de Providencia is a place of which the name has become synonymous
for violence in Rio de Janeiro.
In order to pay tri...
In 2008, JR went to Sierra Leone, to
Freetown and Bo City. He did not try to
understand the reasons or the protagonists
of...
In January 2009, 2000 square meters of rooftops are
covered with photos of the eyes and faces of the
women of Kibera, in K...
With the eyes on the train, the bottom half of the
their faces were pasted on corrugated sheets on the
slope that leads do...
A few weeks ago a 363 meter long ship left the Port of le Havre, France
to cross the world all the way to Malaysia. 2600 s...
In 2007, Women Are Heroes was created to pay tribute to those who
play an essential role in society, but who are the prima...
The women asked for a single promise “make my story travel with you”.
We have no idea of what is in the containers on the boat:
 Stuff from people leaving one country to build a
different lif...
Hover with the mouse at the bottom of the picture and press the arrow
About JR
See: http://vimeo.com/77314740
Read: http://www.streetartbio.com/#!jr/c1aco
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A look at a project led by street artist JR who uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face of women across massive canvases.

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Women are heroes jr

  1. 1. For his “Women Are Heroes” project JR traveled to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Kenya, Brazil, India and Cambodia to seek out women struggling in their everyday lives and, in his words, “to take their stories around the world”. Pasting mural-size portraits on the sides of buildings, on trains, and on bridges, he brings a haunting human presence to harsh environments of social conflict.
  2. 2. Moro de Providencia is a place of which the name has become synonymous for violence in Rio de Janeiro. In order to pay tribute to those who play an essential role in society but who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape and political or religious fanaticism, JR pasted huge photos of the faces and eyes of local women all over the outside of the favela, (Brazilian slum) suddenly giving a female look to both the hill and the favela. “It’s a project made of materials of little value, like the favela itself. We had to adapt to this world where the roofs of houses are made of plastic and children’s revolvers are made of steel. We managed to get by in spite of the steep streets, the unsteady houses, the unpredictable electric cables and the exchanges of gunshots where the bullets sometimes go through several houses at once”, says JR.
  3. 3. In 2008, JR went to Sierra Leone, to Freetown and Bo City. He did not try to understand the reasons or the protagonists of the conflicts. He just observed the women and understood that they wanted to share their pain as a way to heal their wounds. He took pictures and posted them in a place where they made sense.
  4. 4. In January 2009, 2000 square meters of rooftops are covered with photos of the eyes and faces of the women of Kibera, in Kenya. Most of the women have their own photos on their own rooftop, and for the first time the material used is water resistant so that the photo itself will protect the fragile houses in the heavy rain season.
  5. 5. With the eyes on the train, the bottom half of the their faces were pasted on corrugated sheets on the slope that leads down from the tracks to the rooftops. The idea being that for the split second the train passes, their eyes match their smiles and their faces are complete.
  6. 6. A few weeks ago a 363 meter long ship left the Port of le Havre, France to cross the world all the way to Malaysia. 2600 strips of paper were pasted in only 10 days on the containers. This photo was taken on the morning that the ship left the port.
  7. 7. In 2007, Women Are Heroes was created to pay tribute to those who play an essential role in society, but who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape or political and religious fanaticism. They gave their trust and they asked for one promise “make my story travel with you”. The “Women Are Heroes” project ended with a ship leaving a port, with a huge image which turns microscopic as the ship sails away, with the idea of these women who stay in their villages and face difficulties in the regions torn by wars and poverty facing the infinity of the ocean.
  8. 8. The women asked for a single promise “make my story travel with you”.
  9. 9. We have no idea of what is in the containers on the boat:  Stuff from people leaving one country to build a different life in another  Goods that will be changed, used , worn or eaten in a different country.  Gifts for those who have more or those who have less We have no idea where and how people will see this artwork, but we are sure that some women far away will feel something today, and here in Le Havre, we are exhausted and proud of what we have done.
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  11. 11. About JR See: http://vimeo.com/77314740 Read: http://www.streetartbio.com/#!jr/c1aco

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