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Photos on Impoverished Houses Show Women Are Heroes

The Morro da Providencia favela is one of Rio de Janeiro's most violent neighborhoods. A French photographer named JR went to the Brazilian neighborhood to take pictures of women related to the victims of violent clashes between police and drug traffickers. He then placed the pictures on the facades of the houses as part of his global project called "Women Are Heroes." By shooting women in their daily lives and posting them on the walls of their country, he hopes to reveal female dignity.

JR has brought his project to Sudan, Sierra Leon, Kenya, and Liberia, and will soon visit India, Cambodia, Laos, and Morocco. Through his work, he believes the story of these women will travel around the world. He says, "We went to see women who had struggle in their lives. When you hear the story you're like woah, maybe the person is dead inside. But then when you ask her to do faces, then you can see life."


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To see a starkly realistic video trailer for the project,

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Mina-Xue Mina-Xue 7 years
[Do you guys think art should have a political message?] Potentially every piece does. Art has always been influenced by any means, and its typically politics or religion. [Does it become propaganda?] If thats the intent. But not always. [And therefore, does it lose it's artistic message?] What if that was the message? A political statement? Why can't it have multiple meanings? For all we know the medium and they style isn't chosen on purpose, just a means and way of which they have.
kathili kathili 7 years
I think this concept sounds cooler to American audiences perhaps. I hope it works out as the author hopes though, instead of another American concept awkwardly and ineffectively superimposed upon another culture and its mindset.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
On hindsight, I think a lot of abusers already consider what they do to women's faces artwork. It is very empowering for them. I can see it now "Hold that terrified look, I want to take a photo to put on the outside wall of a store down the street....every time I look at it, it will reinforce how powerful I really am!"
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
It certainly would be a haunting site to visit. I am all for free art exhibitions, but I think posting photos of women who are scared and beatup on these houses would make it more commonplace and acceptable....in essence putting women in such a state has now become artwork. If the photos depicted positive aspects of women I think the energy would promote a more positive result. I think 'The Secret' has a lot of great concepts.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I think art is free to be expressed however an artist wishes.
MSucre MSucre 7 years
And therefore, does it lose it's artistic message?
MSucre MSucre 7 years
This reminds me of a photography exhibit I saw in Paris, called Women of The World. Do you guys think art should have a political message? Does it become propaganda?
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i really like that concept actually. i think that we tend to forget that there's a lot of unsettled areas in the world and that there are unsung heroes who try to make things better/safer/cleaner. i like when there are artists who do things like this. it puts a new spin on the way we see things and it's just going to raise awareness.
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