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JR July 24, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Sierra Lione.
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Woman are Heroes

At only 25 years of age, JR owns the largest art gallery in the world. He exhibits freely in the streets of  Europe, Africa and the Middle East, catching the attention of people who are not normally museum visitors. His work mixes “art and act and  explorers commitment, beauty, freedom, identity and limit.” In March 2007, together with Marco, he did Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal photo exhibition ever in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities, and on both sides of the security fence. They posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians Face to Face.

About the Video

In the third stage of JR’s “28 millimeter project”, Women Are Heroes (project link) he went to post-conflict zones in Africa to photograph the women who wished to share painful stories and testify of their desire to live. Their portraits have already been pasted on the walls of Sierra Leone and Liberia. In 2008-2009, JR will develop this project in India and in Asia. Call it documentary or conceptual art but even  old school “masters” such as William Klein and Marc Riboud have been inspired by JR’s work. Well worth the time of the download.

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