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_Women Are Heroes

In this participatory public art project JR asked women who were victims of war, crime, and rape to pose for portraits and show there’s life inside them.

2008,2010 JR
EN,FR Visit the project

“I would like to bring art to improbable places, create projects so huge with the community that they are forced to ask themselves questions.”


JR, Beaux Arts Magazine

In Women Are Heroes, JR introduces women who sometimes look death in the face, who go from laughter to tears, who are generous, have nothing and yet share, who have had a painful past and long to build a happy future. The project had various installations in Brazil, India, Cambodia, and in Africa—in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Sudan. The people in the neighborhoods such as Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and Kibera slums helped install and paste huge pictures giving local women a strong voice.

The project also resulted in a feature documentary film that was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film festival. In the summer of 2014 JR revisited the project with a symbolic piece posted across 150 cargo ship containers.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN,FR
Country : France
Year : 2008,2010
Author : JR
Producer : JR
Team : Anthony Dickenson,Dan Lowe,Directors of photography: JR,Doctor Flakes "Amelie",Editing: Dan Lowe,Film & Project: JR,Images: JR,Logistical Support: Medecins Sans Frontieres,Music: Jean-Gabriel Becker,Prune
Trailer :

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