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God, I love this city, just check out what might be the most heartbreaking and prolific projects I’ve ever witnessesd, plus the weather has turned shite here in el Rio, so I need to post this before the rain washes away the final remiminants of this visual phenomen. This is the work of an elusive French photographer who goes by the name of JR. The images you see here plastered onto the Grand Arches and Cecilia Mireles Rooms in Lapa are all part of the this years offical celebration of French culture in Brazil. All portraits are of women from the slum Morro de Provincia, and moreover, all are relatives of men murdered by the Brazilian police force.
The exhibition is amazing - both literally and figuratively - given that the Government for once had the character to permit this exhibition given the context. However, this isn’t the first time JR has done work in this area - his first exhibition in Brazil was actually in Morro do Provincia itself , where he adorned stairs and barracas with portraits of women of the same tragic disposition. The only permission he needed on this occasion came from the druglords who ‘reign’ over the slum, so if you check out the images (you must check out these images) apres le jump, you’ll see what went down there. And for the record, JR undertakes these personal projects completely off his own back with money from his own pocket. On an international level, perhaps JR’s most famous installation was ” Face to Face”. According to the site Demotix ” [The] photo exhibition along the Hebron wall in Palestine [...] representing blowups of the Arabs and Palestinian faces exposed along the wall, became very famous through the world media, but the initiative got JR arrested by the Israeli authorities.”
Que um homen…