Women Are Heroes

Women Are Heroes

The 2011 TED prize  was recently awarded to French artist JR.  JR, who remains anonymous by never revealing his full face or sharing his name, mounts large photo displays in urban settings.

From the slums of Paris to the favelas of Brazil, JR uses art to call attention to the people and the places that make up the often overlooked urban scenes.

In JR’s TED talk (which is worth watching!) he shares images of his work.  The large-scale photo murals are stirring; it is hard not to be captivated by the images of faces posted across broken bridges, rooftops and walls.

However it is his recently completed documentary film “Women are Heroes” that has most captured our attention.

In “Women Are Heros” JR draws attention to women, splashing their pictures across the communities – mother and grandmothers, sisters and daughters. No longer can women be overlooked.

Through visual art women become a significant part of the fabric of the community. Women are seen. Women are present.

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