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“Women Are Heroes” Photography Project

  • July 11, 2014
  • In: Art

“Women Are Heroes” Photography Project

“Women Are Heroes” Photography Project

French artist JR  is world renowned for his creativity in the art world and his unique usage of everyday items to make a “statement”.Currently this stunning installment fittingly titled Women Are Heroes –  Utilizing over 150 containers, he evokes a inventive sentiment tied to women and their power, beauty and strength.

This remarkable yet normal backdrop is used to showcase an affinity and respect for Elizabeth – a Kenyan women who lives in the Kibera slums of Nairobi.

 

JR states: “In 2007, I started Women Are Heroes. 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, I pasted portraits and eyes of women on a train in Kenya, a Favela in Brazil, a demolished house in Cambodia. They gave their trust and they asked for a single promise “make my story travel with you”. I did it: on the bridges of Paris and the walls of Phnom penh, the building of New York, etc. I wanted to finish Women Are Heroes with a ship leaving a port, with a huge image which would look microscopic after a few minutes, 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. It did not happen at the time… But during the last 10 days, we pasted 2600 strips of paper on the containers with the dockers of the port … And this morning we saw the ship leaving the port. I have no idea of what is in the other containers on the boat: stuff from people leaving a country to build a different life in another region, goods that will be transformed, worn, eaten in a different country. I have no idea where and how people will see this artwork but I am sure that some women far away will feel something today …. And in Le Havre, we are exhausted and proud.”

 

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