Monday, March 28, 2011

JR - Artist

 28 Millimetres : Women Are Heroes in Kibera Slum - Kenya. January 2009

28 Millimetres : Face2Face Separation wall / security fence, Israeli side, Abou Dis, Jerusalem - March 2007

 28 Millimetres : Portrait of a generation, Paris. Karcher cleaning of the exhibition on the Espace des Blancs-Manteaux (Paris 4e). October 2006
28 Millimetres : Women Are Heroes in the Favela " Morro da Providencia", Rio de Janiero. August 2008

 Wrinkles of the City : Shanghai, China

Inspired by this article from The New York Times, I spent some time this weekend looking through the website of photographer/street artist JR, whose "portraits of people making faces" serve to draw attention to those whose voices might not otherwise be heard. According to his website:
JR creates "Pervasive Art" that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum discover something absolutely unnecessary. And they don't just see it, they make it. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.
The above images are some of my favorites from JR's various projects, but there's a whole lot more to see and read about on his website.

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